Police investigate Sen. Virgil Smith after shooting at Detroit home

Detroit Police are investigating a shooting involving a state senator on Detroit's northwest side.

Police say the incident happened at the home of Senator Virgil Smith in the 18000 block of Wexford Street. He is accused of firing what is believed to be a shotgun, after a fight with his girlfriend, who is also his ex-wife. The bullet missed the woman, but hit her car.

Police say they're looking to his girlfriend in relation to this incident.

Investigators were seen taking evidence out of Smith's house Sunday afternoon. One piece of evidence appeared to be some type of long gun wrapped in a garbage bag.

Nicole Pelkey a neighbor says the sound of gunfire Sunday shook her, "I was on my way to sleep and it woke me up. It sounded like a whole clip was unloaded, at least 12 shots it went a couple times, stopped and then went a few more times."

Detroit Police would not confirm that Smith was being held for the incident Sunday.

Smith, D-Detroit, represents the 4th district which covers north Detroit to Allen Park, some of Lincoln Park and also Southgate. Smith has been a legislator since 2003 and is the chair of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus and is the vice president of a number of Senate committees. Smith was re-elected in 2014. 

UPDATE: Smith is in police custody facing charges





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