Violent weekend in Detroit with at least 21 people shot, 7 killed
DETROIT (WJBK) - Several separate weekend shootings in Detroit left seven people dead and at least another 21 people wounded, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Monday morning in a news conference.
"Certainly, our overall crime is still declining, but we are, in fact, fighting our own progress," he said.
He added that last weekend 24 people were shot.
"So, the last three to four weeks hasn't been good, but in terms of overall crime, we're still sitting on a significant reduction," he said. He said that crime is down 16 percent since 2013. He spoke on the weekend violence at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the department's new 7th precinct, which is now open for business. You can read more about the new precinct here, or watch the report from FOX 2's Roop Raj in the video player above.
Friday was particularly bad, with 10 people shot in five separate incidents, including one shooting that shut down part of I-94 Friday afternoon. You can read more about that here.
"It was a 74 degree day and the sun was out, and right now we have people all across the city firing shots at each other," says DPD Deputy Chief Renee Hall.
A 9-year-old was also shot over the weekend, after he found a loaded gun lying in a neighbor's front yard. He had a minor injury to his hand. You can read more about that shooting here.
A man was also found dead Sunday afternoon with a cut to his throat. You can read more about that here.
FOX 2 is working to keep you updated on the investigations. Police say they made multiple arrests in shootings from Friday and Saturday.