DETROIT (WWJ) – Police in Detroit are investigating after a high school principal’s vehicle was apparently targeted by a gunman on the second day of the school year.
The shooting happened just before 7 a.m. Wednesday at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern, on West Grand Boulevard just east of Grand River Avenue.
According to police, Principal Kenyuono Jones was pulling into the parking lot, located across the street from the school, when someone fired shots at his vehicle, busting out the back window of his silver Chevy Tahoe. Additional shots were fired as Jones exited the vehicle and ran to safety inside the school building, one of which shattered the vehicle’s rear driver’s side window. He was uninjured.
“What we know in our investigation is there have been three shots fired,” Detroit Police James Craig told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas. “There was the initial shot as the school administrator left his vehicle, striking the rear of his vehicle, and then as he proceeded to the entrance of the school, two additional shots were fired.”
Detroit Public Schools Community District Police Chief Stacey Brackens said the gunman ran south toward McGraw Street after the shooting.
“We did a K-9 track, the K-9 lost the track at the National Guard Armory,” he said. “So, we are now trying to review video from the National Guard Armory as well as our school here to see if we can get a view of the alleged perpetrator.”
It’s unclear if Jones was the intended target of the shooting or if the gunman was trying to steal the vehicle.
Police say they are looking for a person of interest, described as a former student with a history of behavioral problems. The student was escorted off of the property on Tuesday when he tried to volunteer but was asked to leave.
“We’re not sure that he is the perpetrator, but we do want to interview him because of the principal having him removed from the building yesterday,” said Brackens.
A district spokesperson said there is no current threat to students. No injuries were reported.
The Detroit Public Schools Police Department is handling the investigation with assistance from Detroit Police.
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