Three teens among four injured in shootout during neighbor dispute on Detroit's west side
DETROIT (FOX 2) - A dispute between neighbors turned violent after a shootout led to dozens of rounds being fired on Detroit's west side, injuring four people including three teenagers.
One of the victims was shot in the face and was last listed in critical condition, while the three other victims were in serious and temporary serious condition. According to Detroit Police Chief James White, all injuries appeared non-life-threatening.
One suspect is in custody, he added.
The confrontation between neighbors escalated after a dispute over a delivery, White said.
"This is what looks like a shootout. Houses that are next door to each other, so neighbors," he said. "It is our understanding that this was a dispute over a delivery. They got into it and shots were fired it appears from both locations."
Detroit police got a call around 8:50 p.m. after Shotspotter notified the department's command center that 30 rounds had been fired in the area of Penrod, near the Davison and Southfield Freeways.
While en route, police received another update that multiple people had been struck.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found three people with gunshot wounds. There was also conflicting information about where the suspect was and if he had also been struck. White said police spotted one of the victims running out of a home that had been secured.
From there, police removed several people as they searched for the suspect.
"Heroically, they went inside the home. They pulled 11 people out. There ages range from 11 to 20," he said.
A fourth shooting victim and the third 14-year-old injured was later found and taken to the hospital. In addition to one suspect being custody, White said police retrieved four firearms and was preparing a search warrant for the other home involved.
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White emphasized the information was preliminary and they were still sorting out who was involved and if any crimes were committed due to firearms being in the home where unsupervised minors were at.
The return of warm weather typically sees an uptick in crime as people are out later and the elements aren't as harsh. That spells trouble for police and White, who said he's fed up with the violence.
"Unnecessary, ridiculous, and we're going to do everything we can to find out what happened," he said. "I've said it in the past. You use a weapon to resolve a dispute, you're going to get our full attention. They have our full attention."