Police investigate possible tie between teenager's killers and shooting of rap artist outside mall

DETROIT (WXYZ) - "They shot my baby with an AK-47. It just don't make no sense," said Margaret Garland whose 18-year-old daughter was killed in what Detroit Police say was a gang-related shooting that also wounded three young men around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Detroit Police say Aundrea Garland, who was spending the night at her best friend's house on Edmore Street near Cushing, was an innocent bystander in the deadly war between two gangs.

"I'm angry," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig shortly after he spoke with heartbroken members of the Garland family.

"I've dealt with gangs for many years. Organized, very structured, more structured than the cowards, and I'll say it again, the cowards that we see here in Detroit," said Chief Craig. "They're not smart. We will find them and we're moving very quickly."

Detroit Police are working closely with police in Harper Woods to find out if the quadruple shooting on Edmore Street is connected to the attempted murder of local rap artist known as "Hardwork Jig" who was shot outside Eastland Mall 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.

A 22-year-old woman who works at a nearby nail salon was talking to the 30-year-old rap artist outside the mall when three to four men drove close to them and opened fire. The woman was also struck by one of the nearly 30 rounds that were fired.

Both are expected to recover from their injuries, but in another shooting that could be connected, a 38-year-old man was killed.

That murder took place around 2:20 a.m. Thursday on East State Fair near Kelly Road.

The three shootings occurred within a span of about 11 hours and the locations are within about a mile of each other.

Anyone with any information on the murders is urged to call Detroit Police at (313) 596-2260.

If you have information on the shooting outside Eastland Mall, please call Harper Woods Police at (313) 343-2530.

Cash Rewards are available for information that leads to an arrest in either case by calling Crime Stoppers at 1(800) SPEAK-UP.

Are you in a gang? Looking to help someone get out of one? Call Ceasefire Detroit at (313) 651-6535.


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