DETROIT (WWJ) – A cash reward is now being offered for tips in the case of a 9-year-old boy shot in a drive-by over the weekend on Detroit’s west side.
The child, identified as Malik Cosey, Jr., was sitting in a car — in the 15000-block of Murray Hill, between Midland and Keeler Streets, in the area of Greenfield and Fenkell — at 2:48 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, waiting to be taken to the movies.
According to police, a stranger was being followed by someone in a gray or silver Dodge Magnum with tinted windows when he ran in Malik’s direction. Someone — possibly in the Magnum — then fired shots at the stranger, missing the target, but striking Malik in the head.
He remained hospitalized on Wednesday.
Crime Stoppers says Malik is a 4th grade A student at Coleman A. Young Elementary School. He has three sisters, ages 15 years old, 10 years old and an 8-month-old, and two brothers, 7 years old and 2 months old. Malik loves his basketball and football and is a Detroit Pistons and Lions fan. He attends Victory Community Church and says his favorite thing about church is when he hears his pastor speak.
Malik’s mother, Cierra Cosey, said her son is expected to survive, but without the use of his right eye.
“My baby, he might be traumatized from this for the rest of his life,” she said. “So I just need, please, I’m begging, I’m begging from the bottom of my heart to whoever did this — please turn yourself in.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.
Anyone who has any information about this case is asked to call the anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Tips may also be submitted online at this link, or by texting CSM and the tip to CRIMES (2746370).