Detroit police investigate more than a dozen murders in a week

"I feel scared. I've been over here since 1989 and I have never, ever felt this unsafe in this neighborhood," said Freda Stanford.

Freda Stanford says she's terrified by the recent rash of violence in her neighborhood. The latest shooting happened Tuesday night when 41-year-old Ditwan Morgan ran inside her home on Bonita, locked the door behind her and yelled to her uncle, as bullets pierced the door, 'someone shot me.' Morgan, a mother of two, collapsed on the floor at the foot of the stairs. Her uncle stayed upstairs with her three-year-old son and called police. It's the latest deadly shooting in a string of violent encounters in just the past week.

"They are shooting like it's the wild wild west and it's bad." said Stanford 

"Since last Monday we've had an uptick in homicides, we had 13, we've had 20 shooting incidents," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Chief James Craig says year-to-date, homicides are up 16 percent in Detroit. He says 60 percent of the shootings are drug related.

Craig said, "It appears that the majority of the activity that we've seen has been a narcotic nexus."

Police say even the shooting on Bonita may be related to a growing operation in the basement there. Police removed 19 marijuana plants and 15 plant trimmings from the home. Still, the chief says, the violence can't stand.

"We're going to be moving in a new direction in how we respond to incidents of violence. We're getting ready to roll out a new plan," said Craig.

The chief says there's more to come in the next week or so, but in the meantime, he's trying to assure the city that overall violent crime is down 11 percent.

"Things are still moving in the right direction, but we've got a lot of work to do," said Craig.

 "As always, Detroit police need the public's help in solving these crimes. There's already a $2,500 reward from Crime Stoppers for the murder of Ditwan Morgan. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-speak-up. You can remain anonymous.
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