Police undeterred despite shootings surge, lack of public help

A violent weekend in Detroit and once again block parties turned neighbors into easy targets.

Nine people were hurt in two separate incidents and Detroit Police Chief James Craig says its time for the community to step up.

"Ten homicides, 20 non-fatal shootings, we had a total of 17 crime scenes," Craig said. "You can be part of the solution or part of the problem."

It has been a violent stretch in Detroit  as police investigate three shootings at large gatherings with 100 plus people. 

The latest was at Gratiot and Whitmore where five people were shot including a 14-year-old. 

"Urban terrorists," Craig said. Who are out committing these senseless acts of violence. We're going to disrupt what you're doing. That is a promise we're going to keep."

On Friday night at East Connor and Warren, four people were shot outside an apartment complex. It was a location police had visited earlier in the night but left before the shooting.

"At the time we were there, there were no issues," Craig said. "And there was no way to predict that someone was going to (do that)."

The week before shots rang out at a basketball court at Dexter and Webb during a block party, which killed a 19-year old and injured 11 others. 

No arrests have been made in any of the incidents, witnessed by hundreds. 

"Suspects involved in this level of violence need to know one thing," Craig said. "Because people are not talking, that does not stop us from doing our job."

Anyone who would like to help anonymously should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. 

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