Chief Craig: 14 identified in 'disturbing' video of celebratory gunfire video on NYE

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 12:45:45-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Police Chief James Craig said they have identified 14 people connected to a viral video of what appears to be celebratory gunfire in the city on New Year's Eve.

Craig spoke to the media on Friday afternoon to talk about the video and the 2019 crime statistics for the city.

According to Craig, the viral video was taken in the 9000 block of Warwick on the city's west side, just off Joy Rd. between the Southfield Freeway and Evergreen.

Craig said through the relentless efforts by the department, they identified everyone involved as part of a west side gang.

"If you want to shoot a gun off, we're going to hunt and track you down," he said.

According to Craig, seven of the 14 people are on parole, and two of those people were also wearing tethers at the time of the incident.

"The video is disturbing and an embarrassment to the city," he added.

The chief said they executed a search warrant, and recovered a stolen Dodge Charger and found 250 shell casings.

To the people who fired the guns off, Chief Craig said that he has a "belated Christmas gift for you."

"I am shocked no one sustained a significant injury," he said.