Man shot to death parked in his Redford driveway

Police in Redford are searching for a suspect who shot  a 23-year-old man to death while parked in a driveway Thursday night.

Linda Owens says her son Trenton McDonald gunned down while sitting in his car in her driveway on Hazelton street, listening to music and talking with his girlfriend.

Owens says the broken glass left in her driveway and pieces of crime tape surrounding her home are painful reminders of her worst nightmare. 

"Seeing that person firing into that car that he was in," she said. "My son saying, 'Mom, I've been hit.'"

"God gave him to me for almost 24 years," she said. "His birthday is next month. God's got him so he is at peace."

McDonald was getting ready to leave for dinner when Owens saw a man walking up the street.

"He turned up into the driveway and opened fire on the car that my son was sitting in," she said.

Neighbors tell FOX 2 they heard at least 10 shots. McDonald was hit six times, his girlfriend was uninjured.

Owens describing the shooter as a tall, thin man wearing a hoodie that was covering his face. The shooter fled toward west Chicago. 

Owens called 911 and her other son pulled McDonald from the driver's seat,  bleeding and calling out for help.

 "I was asking him 'little man can you talk' and he said 'Yeah momma, I've been hit, I can't move,'" Owens said.

Still talking on his way to Botsford hospital, Owens says she thought he was going to be okay. But McDonald died just hours later.

"I was actually at the police station while my son was up in surgery losing his life," she said.

As McDonald's girlfriend was not injured, Redford police say they believe McDonald was specifically targeted.

"He could've turned that gun on me at any given time," Owens said.

Now Owens, forced to plan his funeral says she doesn't know why someone would take her son from her - and her family.

"How dare you take a person from their family," she said. "You took him from his son, who just turned 2 years old. Now he doesn't have a father." 

Redford police are asking for tips and information leading to an arrest. Contact Redford police at (313) 387-2500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. There is a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.  

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