UPDATE 7/2: Suspect Taken Into Custody
INKSTER (WWJ) – Police say a toddler was killed and a girl was critically injured when someone opened fire on a public housing complex in Wayne County.
Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said the shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Parkside Estates on Carlyle Street near Middlebelt Road in Inkster.
The girls, ages 2 and 12, were on the porch with a 30-year-old man when someone apparently walked up and opened fire before fleeing the scene.
The toddler, who was shot in the head, died at the scene. The 12-year-old was rushed to the hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her leg. The man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the stomach, although his condition is unknown.
Shaw said investigators are canvassing the neighborhood looking for at least one suspect.
A man who was visiting his daughter at the complex told WWJ’s Mike Campbell he witnessed the shooting. The man, who did not want to be identified, said he went out to his car for a cigarette when he noticed a white van drive by with three people inside.
The witness said he watched as a man got out of the van, walked across the grass and approached the porch. He said it appeared the gunman targeted the toddler before turning the gun on the other child and the man.
“He shot the little baby point-blank and then he started shooting. I said ‘He’s killing everybody,’ and I just laid down under the car, and he just casually walked away, got in the van and drove off,” he said. “Point-blank he shot the baby and now she’s dead, for no reason.”
The gunman has been described as a black male in his 20s, although police have yet to provide a detailed description.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 877-616-4677 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.
All tips can remain anonymous.