One dead, another injured in tire store shooting on Detroit's west side

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit police are looking for suspects involved in a deadly shooting on the city's west side Sunday afternoon.

Detroit Police Sgt. Erin Stephens said the shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. at the Easy Pay Tire shop at the corner of Livernois and Tireman.

Two men were shot and rushed to the hospital. One man – family members identified him as 36-year-old Michael Cole – was pronounced dead at the hospital. The second victim, who is expected to recover, gave police a description of suspects.

Just hours before the Easy Pay Tire store became a crime scene, family members say Michael Cole was getting ready to go to work, like he did for the last 20 years.

“I was just with him this morning. Eating breakfast. Listening to gospel music,” Cole’s cousin, John Collins, said.

Collins, along with Michael’s father and other relatives, got a call no one was prepared for – that Michael was shot by two men who tried to rob the store. His coworker was also hit. Both were rushed to the hospital, but Michael didn’t survive. As police processed the scene, relatives processed the news.

“It’s a tragedy. It’s a real tragedy,” Michael’s uncle, Ricky Cole, said.

Homicide investigators spent hours talking to witnesses and gathering evidence at the tire shop and the liquor store next door. They’re now looking through surveillance video from the coney island across the street for any clues about the suspects.

Family members say the criminals were apparently looking for some cash.

Ricky Cole said, “They probably pulled in there, acting like they were going to buy a tire. See, you can drive in and drive out.”

“He only had 40 dollars on him. 40 dollars,” Collins said.

The suspects didn’t take off with much money, but family members say they took away a beloved son, nephew and cousin they can’t believe was with them hours ago.

“Right now I’m just trying to be strong for my Uncle Vance and comfort him at this moment,” said Collins, who was seen consoling Michael’s father.

Michael Cole celebrated his 36th birthday in early August.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detroit police at 313-596-1616 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.

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