Campaign workers shot in Detroit 'a targeted hit' of 'retaliation'

Posted at 6:09 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 18:11:23-04

Two young adults handing out voter guide fliers on Detroit’s east side Tuesday night were not shot because of their work. Police Chief James Craig says the shooting was because of earlier trouble in the neighborhood of 6000 Drexel.  

“The young man who died made some statements to a co-volunteer," Craig said. "'I didn’t feel comfortable in this neighborhood. I don’t want to be here,'”

One man was killed. A woman with him was injured and has non-life threatening injuries.   

They were working for Good Jobs Now, a political organization in the city. 

“People are devastated," said Executive Director Branden Snyder. "We’re shocked and saddened, but we remain steadfast and resolute that we need to improve our community.”  

Snyder says the families want privacy and he knows nothing about any previous trouble for his worker in that neighborhood. 

He says they have 50 people working the streets in Detroit and they won’t stop. What needs to stop is the violence, Snyder said.

“We are asking you speak up and ensure these acts of violence don’t even happen," Snyder said. "That we stop this madness that’s happening in our families and in our neighborhoods.”

Police are looking for a black male in his 20s, thin build, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a grey hoodie.