DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Police say a 24-year-old man arrested following a fatal shooting during a Cinco de Mayo parade in Detroit has been released as the investigation continues.
The man, who was immediately taken into custody on Sunday following the death of 19-year-old Andres Dejesus, was freed this week. Reports say the shooter was released less than 48 hours after he was detained.
Prosecutors said Wednesday they requested more information from police.
The medical examiner’s office said DeJesus, who was pronounced dead at a hospital, had a single gunshot wound to the chest.
According to police, DeJesus was among a group of people attacking a family member of the shooter when the gunman, who has a concealed pistol license, opened fire in front of Brown’s Bun Bakery on West Vernor Highway and Ferdinand Street around 1:15 p.m. Sunday. DeJesus was the only person hit with a bullet.
Police said DeJesus is affiliated with the Latin Counts street gang, but stopped short of saying the shooting was gang-related.
Police cancelled the remainder of Sunday’s annual celebration after the shooting. Organizers of the Cinco de Mayo parade, which typically draws about 40,000 spectators, said the fate of next year’s event is up in the air after this recent outbreak of violence.
Police also stepped up patrols in the area in the days afterward, fearing possible gang retaliation.
Sgt. Michael Woody said their investigation is ongoing.
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