Two people shot to death in hail of bullets on Detroit's east side

Two people were shot to death in the 4000 blcok of University Place Wednesday night.
Two people were shot to death on Detroit's east side at about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

The victims, a man and woman, later identified as 29-year-old Ernest Harding and 24-year-old Tierra Williams, were getting into a minivan in the 4000 block of University Place when suspects in another vehicle arrived, got out and opened fire.

Officers found multiple shell casings around the driveway from more than one firearm. Police are not sure how many shooters may have been involved. 

The door windows were completely shot out from gunfire.

The suspects pulled up in an unknown white vehicle," said Capt. Darin Szilagy. "The suspects approached the mini van, fired several rounds. Two of the passengers of the van were hit."

In speaking to neighbors, FOX 2 was told that 12 shots were heard initially. After a pause, about seven more shots could be heard. 

Afterward, a woman with two children were escorted from the house by police. The woman could be seen crying 

Grosse Pointe police heard shots and first to arrive  and secured the scene, located near Mack Avenue. 

Police were going door to door to get witness statements, but details are sketchy including what kind of vehicle was used as well as the number of suspects. 

"It's real scary," said neighbor Verlisa Armstrong. "It's a way to bring in a new year. This is crazy."

This is the second fatal shooting to occur on the east side in recent weeks. Paige Stalker, 16, was killed when she and three other teens were shot at Charlevoix and Phillip in Detroit Dec. 22.

Tierra's family has set up a Gofundme.com page at http://gofundme.com/jjz7g0.

Anyone with information should contact Detroit police at (313) 596-5300.

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