The shooting happened just after 9 p.m.
Police say two people wearing dark clothing approached Terrence Berg as he was taking the trash out. Authorities say the two suspects demanded Berg let them inside his home. Berg refused entry and was shot in his inner right thigh.
He began yelling for help and his wife and other neighbors came outside to assist him. A neighbor of Berg's is an ER doctor and helped administer first aid.
The suspects drove off in a dark-colored Dodge Charger.
Detroit police responded to the scene and we're told they contacted EMS, asking for an estimated time of an ambulance arrival. Police say they did not hear back from EMS in a timely manner, so they say they drove the judge to the hospital themselves in a squad car.
Police sources tell FOX 2's Roop Raj the judge told police he did not recognize the two suspects.
"I feel badly that somebody felt they needed to do this. I feel for people that don't have something else to be doing. I'm sorry that this has to happen," his wife told FOX 2's and WWJ's Charlie Langton.
Berg's wife released a written statement to the media late Friday:
"Thank you all for the outpouring of support during this difficult time. I want you all to know that Terry's stabilization surgery was successful and he is doing well. He will need additional surgery for the repairs. He is currently in good condition and recovering.
While this was a horrible incident that happened in Detroit, I don't want it used as a reason to hate the City. Instead, we need to do something positive for the youth to help show them that there are better paths to take. I strongly recommend people be part of the solution."
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