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Neighbors outraged over shooting of man, two kids on Father's Day in Detroit

Posted at 12:16 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 12:15:59-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit police are investigating a triple shooting on Father's Day on the city's west side, which left a 10-year-old girl in critical condition. It happened on Plainview Avenue near Pembroke, off of Evergreen Road.

WATCH CHIEF CRAIG GIVE AN UPDATE ON THE SHOOTING AT 1 P.M. HERE

This shooting followed a string of separate shootings over the weekend, one of which was fatal.

Detroit police recently reported a spike in non-fatal shootings of 49 percent this year compared to last.

Also shot and injured on Plainview were a 37-year-old man, also in critical condition, and a 9-year-old boy, who was last reported stable.

According to neighbors, several people were barbecuing and lighting off fireworks during a block party when the shooting started. Police said an unknown shooter approached the three, starting firing and then ran away.

“I think I heard around six rounds....six shots that probably went off," said Deandrae White, who lives at the corner of Pembroke and Plainvew.

Anthony King has lived on Plainview for more than 30 years, and said while hearing shots in the distance isn't uncommon, there usually is not gunfire on his street.

“I heard a lot of fireworks going off because it was a pretty good size fireworks happening and then all of a sudden everything stops," he said.

News that children were hit has angered the neighborhood.

“What kind of human being would do something like that?” said Cameron Curtis, who also lives on Plainview.

Curtis said he hopes the person responsible is brought to justice and that people who have information, speak up.

"It's my prayer, I hope they will. If I saw something like that, I wouldn't hesitate to speak up," he said.

“I have nieces and nephews and I would never want anybody to go through something tragic like that. It’s terrible," White told Action News.

Neighbors said the two kids were visiting family and do not live on Plainview themselves.

We're expecting an update from Detroit police Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to contact Detroit Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.