Man, woman shot, killed inside home on Detroit's east side, kids found safe

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jan 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-01 23:12:26-05

Detroit police have a suspect in custody in a double murder on the city's east side.

The scene is in the 9200 block of McKinney, which is near I-94 and Harper.

Police say they were called to the scene by an unnamed person who told officers that the suspect had called and said he had shot his estranged wife.

Officers responding to the scene saw what they believed to be a body inside the home and made entry into the building. Inside, they found the two victim - a 36-year-old African American woman and an African American man, whose age was not released.

Their names have not yet been released.

Police say the woman's three children, who for several hours were unaccounted for. have been found safe. The children, 8-year-old Elana Watts, 12-year-old Robert Watts and 15-year-old Kasra Watts are with relatives.

Both of the victims had gunshot wounds to the head and were pronounced dead at the scene by medics.

The suspect is described as a 36-year-old African American man whose name has not been released. He was taken into custody in Redford.

Police say they were led to the suspect by a tip and he surrendered peacefully, along with 6 other adults. Two teens, aged 16-years-old and 17-years-old were also in the house.

Police say there is a history of domestic violence, dating back to 2003, and that the female victim did have a PPO in effect at the time of the murder.

Officers say the male victim was an acquaintance of both the female victim and the suspect.

A search is ongoing at the Redford home where the suspect was arrested.

No names have been released of any of the victims, or the suspect.