DETROIT (WWJ) – A suspect has been arrested after police say a teenage boy was fatally shot over a pair of Air Jordan sneakers on Detroit’s west side.
Police said it happened shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 15000-block of Pinehurst, near Fenkell just east of Meyers Rd., which is near Loyola High School.
According to investigators, the 17-year-old victim was in the area in his car, attempting to sell a pair of shoes to some unknown suspects, when something went wrong. Shots were fired, the teen was struck and killed, and the shoes were stolen, police said.
A 20-year-old man who was in the car with the teen was also shot, police said. His condition is unknown at this time.
Loyola High School was placed on lockdown as a precaution following the incident. However, police said the teen killed was not a student there and the shooting was not connected to the school.
An investigation is ongoing. A small crowd was gathering late in the afternoon where police had cordoned off the area.
“With the body still on the scene you have now grief-stricken parents and relatives arriving,” WWJ’s Stephanie Davis reported, shortly after 5 p.m.
“How do we change that? Young men are dying everyday from Detroit to Chicago, from Boston to Los Angeles …what’s the answer?” asked a neighborhood resident.
Police said the suspect in custody is a 19-year-old man. No names have been released.