DETROIT (WWJ/AP) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting that took place at a block party on Detroit’s west side on Saturday night.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig is calling the shooting at a barbecue an “act of urban terrorism.”
Malique Jones , 19, was shot and killed and at least 12 others were injured in the shooting.
Jones was shot about a month ago in the same neighborhood.
“Some believe it was expected,” said Chief Craig of the shooting. “Apparently the victim expected … the message to the two outstanding suspects – we will find you – someone is going to talk.”
Another man was critically injured and eight others, five men and three women, were listed as seriously injured. The victims ranged in age from 21 to 46, he said.
Dolunt said the shooting happened at a neighborhood party that included a barbecue attended by families with some small children in strollers. The party was being held at a basketball court near Webb St. and Dexter Ave.
“Through the grace of God no children were shot,” he said.
Detroit Police Sergeant Cassandra Lewis told WWJ Newsradio 950 that the shots were fired around 8:45 p.m. in the area where an estimated 400 to 500 people were attending a party.
“No one is coming forward with information – which is very disheartening,” said Dolunt. “I woke up this morning and my wife says ‘there were seven people shot in Philadelphia too.’ What’s going on with people? They had this thing in South Carolina the other day, you’ve got to wonder what’s in people’s minds.”
Authorities suspect the dead man was targeted by the shooter, although Dolunt said that was preliminary.
Anyone with information should call Detroit Police at 313-596-1616.
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