Police: Suspects in murder on Detroit's east side may be linked to other crimes

One man is dead and five other victims are recovering after a shootout inside a private party on Detroit's east side. With three people in custody, police believe they could be linked to a string of other crimes.

Kaysha Pitts was shot five times. Her leg took the worst of it with three bullets, but she was also shot in the arm and her back. A little more than 24 hours later, the bullets are still inside her body as the Redford woman recovers. She was one seven people hit by bullets and was lucky. 

A 44-year-old man died and police now have several people in custody.

The victim, Edward Childress, was a member at Knights of the Round Table Van and Truck Club . Nicknamed "Superman" in the group, he was the lone person killed when bullets rattled through Chalmers Community Hall on Detroit's east side. 

Pitts said the club was celebrating its 10th anniversary. It was around 4:00 AM and they had just taken a photo when the shots were fired.

"This hurts. I can't even lift my arm. I can barely walk," Pitts said.

Police say the gunfire may have been the result of an argument inside the hall. The violence started inside but spilled outside where Schanita Yancy was working. She was a security guard at a nearby church parking lot and says the shooter tried to carjack her and shot her in the back.

"I had two choices: let him get in this car and take my life or run for it. I chose to run for it," Yancy said.

Detroit police arrested three suspects and recovering multiple guns just 2 hours after the shooting. On Monday, they released a fourth person of interest. Police Chief James Craig said they may be linked to other crimes leading up to the shooting.

"We believe this crew may have been involved in some other crimes within the prior 24 hours and we're Investigating that as well," Craig said.

The two survivors we spoke with are fortunate to be alive while the three other victims, from Texas and Illinois, have been treated and released

Police do not know what started the fight and believe there may have been more than one shooter.
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