3-year-old girl shot at gas station on Detroit's west side

Posted at 3:09 PM, Apr 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-07 22:13:47-04

A 3-year-old girl was shot in the head at a gas station on Detroit's west side Saturday afternoon in the area of Livernois and Puritan.

A suspect is in custody and a weapon was recovered, assistant DPD Chief Arnold Williams said.

The child is in critical condition at Children's Hospital. Police say the situation started with two men who were involved in a verbal altercation. The altercation continued outside the gas station and the two men started to fight each other.

Williams said the fighting escalated to the point where one man went to his vehicle, retrieved a firearm and fired several shots at the other man he was fighting with. He was running and found cover behind a vehicle where a mother and child were. The man continued firing, and that's where the little girl was shot.

The two men were acquainted with each other, Williams said.

"We have a lot of individuals out here that have problems with conflict resolution," he said. "They don't know how to peacefully resolve conflict."

"We have a 3-year-old child who was doing nothing but sitting in the backseat with her mom and this idiot pulls out a weapon, starts shooting at someone else and hits this child."