His lawn mower sits silent Friday afternoon as the family of Vee Easley says their loved one is recovering in the hospital.
Easley a father of two, police say was trimming the grass at his cousin's northwest Detroit home around 10 that morning when a man approached him with a gun.
"I walked outside and I'm surprised I didn't hear anything," said Sean Estes, Easley's cousin.
He was preparing the home in the 17 thousand block of Pontchartrain Boulevard. for a relative's birthday party this weekend. Detroit police say the man shot Easley and fled.
Police are still unsure if the shooter was trying to rob him.
"It's a very nice neighborhood and heavily populated said Cmmdr. Nick Giaquinto. "We get a lot of traffic in this area which also makes it unusual."
Detroit police say the gunman was standing in between the apartment complex and the fence, pointing a gun at Easley. Witnesses say they did not hear any words exchanged, but only heard a single shot.
That gunshot, hitting Easley in the inner thigh. Easley then drove himself to the 12th Precinct.
"The individual was having a time breathing, that's why our officers drove him to the hospital," Giaquinto said.
Easley's family says he is out of surgery planning to come home Friday night. But Detroit police are still searching for the suspect.
"Approached on foot, escaped on foot," Giaquinto said. "Just a black male in a black hooded sweatshirt."
If you have any information, contact Detroit police at (313) 596-5300.