Detroit shooting spree: Jane Doe victim identified as missing 16-year-old girl, police say
DETROIT (FOX 2) - Detroit police said that a victim they were trying to identify after Sunday's random shooting spree was a 16-year-old girl.
Police haven't released the name of the teen. She was killed around 5:30 a.m. in the area of Margareta and Wyoming.
A sketch was released Wednesday, as well as a photo of the girl's purse and shorts she had with her as police worked to identify the teen.
The girl's family reported her missing Sunday evening. Missing persons reports helped investigators piece it together.
A final identification has to come from the medical examiner, but Detroit police have a high level of confidence that the victim is the girl.
"Made contact with the person who reported her missing, showed her images of the bag we released, and she confirmed that was the bag. As well as the physical description. There is a lot," DPD Cmdr. Michael McGinnis said. "They (the family) are extremely distraught. It's very, very sad. Sad case all together for all the victims. It's going to be a long time for them to try and heal from it."
The girl is one of three people killed during the spree. The alleged gunman, 19-year-old Dontae Smith, was charged Wednesday.
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The other victims include Lori Brisco, who was a mother on her way to work, and Chayne Lee, who leaves behind a son.
Another person who was shot, John Palik, survived. Palik was walking his dog when he was allegedly approached by Smith, who first shot his dog and then him.
Smith was ultimately arrested later in the day on Sunday. According to sources, his aunt called police to give them his location.