Gunmen fired semiautomatic weapons at a child’s birthday party in Detroit, an attack that killed one and wounded nine others. The event, held at a basketball court, was attended by about 400 people.
The incident seemed to be a retaliation shooting, according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig. The accused was a 20-year-old who had been shot about a month earlier, as reported by WXYZ.
Detroit Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said that it was “miracle” no child sustained any injuries at the party.
“Through the grace of God no children were shot,” he said.
Of the nine people afflicted with injuries – six men and three women – a 46-year-old man remains in the hospital in critical condition. The others sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Families with small children, some in strollers while the others played in a bouncy house, attended the party. Those present said there was chaos and mayhem all around.
One woman said, “I was in tears, my kids was out here. It’s real scary that black people want to kill each other over nonsense.”
Craig said that residents in the neighborhood were not willing to help the police search for the shooters.
According to CNN, he said, “You will allow this to continue if you do nothing,” speaking to the people in the neighborhood. “We can’t do it alone. This is not the time to be fearful. These are urban terrorists who do nothing positive for our neighborhoods.”
Dolunt said, “There’s kids out here. I’m livid. … There’s not any excuse why no one is talking. Man up or woman up, whatever, and tell us what’s going on.”
An abandoned red car was found across the street, the occupants who which were probably shot. The police are searching for the owner of the car.
A suspect was taken into custody on a misdemeanor warrant. However, the police are yet to determine whether he was involved in the shooting.
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