Activist wants change after violent night in Detroit for children

Another day, another shooting in the city of Detroit. This time in the 20000 block of Irvington. 

Jerome Brazelton's 5-year-old grandson was the victim. Bullet holes left on the wall are a scary reminder of the violence that ripped through the home Tuesday.

"I was in the basement watching television, I heard a loud bang, I heard a lot of screaming," he said. "I came upstairs and I saw my grandson in the arms of my daughter, he had been shot in the head."

"I have no idea why they did what they did no idea. We've been here for 5 months. We barely know the neighbors, we keep to ourselves."

Detroit police also responded to an accidental shooting in the 15000 block of Lappin that killed a 13-year-old girl.

"These senseless killings and senseless acts have to stop, be it accidental or be it purposely," said Rev. WJ Rideout III of  All God's People's Church. "Too much crime is going on in black race." 

Rideout believes that the same outcry of disgust and protest that occurs when a black person is killed at the hands of a different race should exist when there is black on black crime.

"We need to speak out against black on black crime and work on it, while we're working on the white on black crime," Rideout said.

Rideout says he's planning different initiatives to tackle this violence but believes much more needs to be done - he is calling on Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to speak out about black on black violence." 

"Mayor Mike Duggan needs to get involved, we want him to reach out to the black citizens. Not only for votes, to get elected into office but to reach out and help stop the crime." 

Duggan says every life is valuable.

"Chief James Craig and I are talking and we're going to respond in a thoughtful way," he said. "If you go back when I was the prosecutor, there was a little girl shot in her bedroom just a few blocks from the house on Irvington where the shooting occurred last night that got me deeply engaged."

Brazelton hopes a solution will come soon. His grandson is now left without an eye because of the senseless violence.

"To do what you did the way you did it you need help," Brazelton said. "Turn yourself in."
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