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Monday, August 15, 2011

24-hours of gunfire

A synopsis of this weekend shootings are as follows:

Friday, Aug. 12:
-- 8:12 a.m.: In the 16700 block of Biltmore, a 36 year-old man was approached by the suspect who fired shots that killed him. The suspect fled on foot. Police are searching for a 30-year-old male. Anyone with information on this crime should call the Homicide unit at (313) 596-2260.
-- 6:50 p.m.: In the area of Dexter and Davidson, a 20-year-old man was walking to the basketball court when the suspect in a vehicle pulled up and fired shots. The victim received a gunshot wound and was listed in temporary serious condition. The 24-year-old suspect escaped in the vehicle. Anyone with information should call the 10th Precinct’s Investigative Operations at (313) 596-1040.
-- 7:55 p.m.: At Warren and St. Antoine, a 40-year-old man was traveling at a high rate of speed when he struck a pole and tree. The victim was taken to a local hospital and died. He had received a gunshot wound to the body. The suspect is unknown. Anyone with information should call Homicide unit at (313) 596-2260.
-- 9:00 p.m.: At Harper and Bluehill, a 14-year-old boy told police he had an altercation with a suspect driving a vehicle. The suspect fired shots and escaped in the vehicle. The victim was struck and listed in temporary serious condition. The suspect is unknown. Police said the victim is being less than truthful and has had three different versions of what happened. Anyone with information should call the Eastern District’s Investigative Operations at (313) 596-5940.
-- 9:00 p.m.: At Colfax and Oregon, the victim, a 15-year-old boy told police that he was walking, heard a shot and felt pain. The victim received a gunshot wound to the body and was listed in temp-serious condition. Police said the investigation so far indicates that this was a self inflicted wound.

Saturday, Aug. 13
-- 12:01 a.m.: In the 200 block of W. Greendale, a backyard party was being held to celebrate the return of a person who was just released from prison. During the celebration, shots were fired and five victims were struck. A 16-year-old boy was killed, an 18-year-old male is in series condition, a 16- year-old boy and 18-year-old man are in temporary serious condition and a 19 year-old male is in stable condition. The suspect or suspects are unknown. Police said people at the gathering are not providing information on the shooter(s). Anyone with information should call the Homicide unit at (313) 596-2260.
-- 1:50 a.m.: In the 17300 block of Greenfield, several suspects approached a 20-year-old man as he changed a tire. As the suspects attempted to rob the victim, he ran. The suspect(s) fired shots, striking the victim. He was listed in serious condition. The suspects fled from the location. Anyone with information should call the Sixth and Eighth Precincts’ Investigative Operations at (313) 596-5640.
-- 3:25 a.m.: In the 9000 block of Robson, a 21-year-old man attempted to assist his mother during a physical altercation with the suspect. The suspect fired shots, killing the man. The suspect fled the location. Police are seeking a 39-year-old male suspect. Anyone with information should call the Homicide unit at (313) 596-2260.
-- 3:25 a.m.: In the 4000 block of Harding, a 35 year-old man, a 38-year-old man and the suspect, a 46-year-old man, along with other people weregambling inside the location. An altercation occurred and shots were fired by the victims and suspect. The 35-year-old and 38-year-old were killed and the suspect was listed in critical condition. Anyone with information should call the Homicide unit at (313) 596-2260.
From The Detroit News:

Friday, August 12, 2011

Two Angels can now “Rest In Peace”

Aarie Berry 3 (Left), Mariha Smith 5 (Right)

In July Detroit loss two angels, both under the age of 6, in violet crimes that have shock Detroit right to its core. They can now rest in peace because it is believed that both of their killers were caught and are now charged.

First the case of Aarie Berry the 3 year old shot in the head by stray bullet when she thought she heard fireworks outside her living room window. Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee than called for citizen groups to help find the killer or killers of Aarie Berry. The Detroit 300 in particular answered the Chief’s call and went into that neighborhood, gathered information, turned the information over to the police which lead to the arrest of Devin Lamar Taylor, 21, who was arraigned Wednesday in 36th District Court on first-degree murder.

The second is the case of Mariha Smith is just as sad and heartbreaking as the first. For reasons not officially disclosed, Mariha Smith was taken from her home, hit in the head with a bunt instrument, strangled and then set on fire to cover the killer’s tracks. Again, as with the first case, Chief Ralph Godbee called for citizens to take the helm and give the police information leading to the arrest of the killer or killers. Just hours after the funeral a man was arrested in connection with her slaying.

At the funeral of Mariha Smith Chief Godbee asked the question, “What the hell is wrong with us?” a question that has been ringing in the head of Detroiters since it was first asked that afternoon. Raphael Johnson, co founder of the Detroit 300, asked “Where are the real men at?” this question is asked because to many of our so called men are losing their focus on family and moving toward violence.

This violet behavior is now being moved toward our elderly and children, the population that can’t defend themselves against their much stronger and more aggressive opponents. Children are beginning to become the focus of violet crimes started by their parents or just the innocent victims of some retaliation gone wrong. Where is the outrage when it comes to crimes such as this? Yes, more and more people are standing up to the criminals that are running in the streets of Detroit. Forming citizen patrol groups, forming block clubs, hiring private security to patrol the neighborhoods in which they live. Also, more people are getting CCW’s to protect themselves, but is that a solution? The recent shooting death of a 19 year old carjacker was committed by a citizen with a CCW; and that person could be charged with murder.

What can we, as citizens, do to help the police with this crime problem? Are you outraged enough so that little angels’ like Aarie and Mariha can rest in peace?

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee along with members of The Detroit 300

Monday, August 8, 2011

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Monday, August 1, 2011

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