The shooting happened on I-75 near McNichols just before 10 p.m. Investigators say the victims were taken to Detroit Children's Hospital. The suspect's vehicle is a late model silver Chrysler 300 with no license plate, said Interim Detroit Police Chief James White.
Michigan State Police, who is taking the lead on the investigation, did not confirm the vehicle is a Chrysler 300 but was a "light-colored four-door passenger car". DPD is offering assistance on the investigation. MSP said when the pickup truck was shot at, the driver immediately pulled over and both children in the backseat had been shot.
"Let me just say this, this is the worst day of this family's life," White said. "I cannot fathom what they must be going through. A very tragic situation, two children shot and I understand that one is deceased. A 2-year-old and a 9-year-old. One is fighting now, the older child, the 9-year-old."
The victims were riding inside a pickup truck with at least one bullet hole visible on it, reported Randy Wimbley.
A booster seat could also be seen in the back. Because the shooting took place on the freeway, White said MSP is taking the lead on the investigation, but added that DPD will be there to assist.
White said anyone with information or saw anything at all, should call Detroit police at (313) 267-4600 or Michigan State Police at 313-962-7878. Witnesses with information may also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up where you will remain anonymous.
"This happened on the freeway so the Michigan State Police has jurisdiction over the case, but the Detroit police and the homicide section are here to support and assist in the investigation to get this monster off the street," he said.
The shooting was one of two on Detroit freeways Thursday night. The other shooting happened just an hour later on the Southfield Freeway where two people were injured.