Police: 2 shot, 1 killed while passing out political fliers on Detroit's east side

Posted at 8:26 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 06:36:16-04

Detroit police are investigating an incident on the city's east side after two people were shot, one killed while passing out political fliers in a neighborhood. 

The shooting occurred in the 6000 block of Drexel at 6:50 p.m.

Police say a man came from between two houses and shot a 24-year-old black man and a 19-year-old black woman. The 24-year-old man died. The woman is currently in stable condition.

Both victims work for a Detroit nonprofit organization and were passing out Action Fund 2018 Voter Guide fliers when the incident occurred. 

Police add the shooting was not random, and that the male victim may have been targeted. 

The suspect was wearing a grey hoodie. No other description is available at this time. 

Good Jobs Now, the community-based nonprofit organization the two victims were working for has released a statement on the shooting saying,

"Good Jobs Now (GJN) is a community-based organization working to build a fair economy and a more just society through organizing low-income Detroiters. Our statement on the tragic shooting involving members of our Electoral Organizing program is below.

In a week filled with so much senseless violence we are devastated to confirm that two members of the Good Jobs Now Family were shot while going door to door encouraging their community to vote and take ownership of our democracy. 

Out of respect for the privacy of the victims and their families at this time we will only share that one of the people canvassing was killed in the shooting and the other is in the hospital. 

All of us at Good Jobs Now are shocked and heartbroken by this violence.  Please join us in forming a community of support around the victims and their families. We will share more information about what is needed in the coming days. 

While nothing will undo the harm that’s been caused we remain grounded in our vision for transforming Detroit into a city where we are all free to thrive together. We know that our communities in Detroit have been divested from for decades and that divestment creates crisis. The gun violence in our communities is bred from this divestment. Far too many families across Detroit feel the devastation of gun violence nearly everyday in our neighborhoods. We will honor these heroes by affirming our commitment to justice and love. 

Right now GJN’s focus is supporting the victims, their families, and our community impacted by this tragedy. We ask for your love, understanding and support and we move through this trauma."