DETROIT (WWJ) – A 57-year old man is dead after a dispute with a neighbor over a small amount of cash Wednesday in Eastpointe.
The fatal shooting happened in between two homes on Lincoln. Police say a verbal fight escalated when a 47-year old man opened fire on the victim.
“You don’t know whether to duck for cover or whatever but I knew the man was shot because as soon as I heard it – the female that was over there – she started saying, ‘no, no, no,'” said neighbor Mikale Compos.
“It was so quick, argument then gun shot.”
Compos says the victim, a retired man in his 60’s, was helping to raise three grandchildren, and was being verbally threatened by a man living next door.
Police report the fight was over a small amount of money.
“What I was hearing was, “‘you are going to pay me the money,’ and they were walking back and forth from his garage back there and then the shot went off,” said Compos.
Compos says the suspect was taken into custody without incident.
“Right away he was on the ground – when he came up – and they came out with shot guns, already brandished, so as soon as he seen them – you know they ordered them to the ground – no physical altercation … from him,” said Compos.
Police say they have recovered the handgun used in the shooting and are continuing their investigation.