Driver told to slow down; fatally shoots girl instead

A 15-year-old girl was shot and killed early this morning after her family told a speeding driver to slow down.

DETROIT - In a horrific case of neighborhood gun violence, a 15-year-old Detroit girl was shot and killed early Sunday after a family member tried to get a speeding car to slow down on their street.

But instead of slowing down, police said, the driver pulled out a gun and opened fire, killing a teen girl who was attending a family gathering on the 14300 block of Ardmore on the city's west side.

Someone at the scene hopped in a car and tried to chase the shooter, but lost control of the wheel and struck a pole while the gunman got away, police said.

"Everything happened so fast," said Detroit police spokesperson Nicole Kirkwood, who urged the public to call police with any tips.

The incident happened at around 2 a.m. Sunday during a family event or party of some sort. Police said a car sped past the house when someone at the party either instructed them or told them to slow down. But the driver opened fire instead.

It's unclear what type of vehicle the gunman was driving. Some witnesses recalled seeing a dark Chevrolet of some sort, but that's not certain, police said.

There is no description of the suspect other than black male, police said. It is uncertain whether the shooter knew anyone at the party at this point. Police are still investigating.

The public is urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP if they have information to help solve this crime.

This was the third fatal shooting in Detroit over the weekend.

At 1:25 a.m. today, a 26-year-old male was shot and killed while sitting in a Chevy Trailblazer on the 16600 block of Tuller. Police said the victim and a 41-year-old man were sitting in the Chevy when two men approached them. A conversation followed when one of the men outside the car pulled out a gun and fired into the vehicle.

The 41-year-old man jumped out and ran away. He was shot at but the bullets missed him, police said.

No suspects are in custody.

Early Saturday morning, a third fatal shooting in Detroit claimed the life of a man who tried to drive away after the shooting but crashed into a house. Police found the victim dead in a burgundy suburban at about 4 a.m. in front of a house on the 11400 block of Mendoda. The victim was shot about a block away, on the same street. He was in his 30s or 40s. There are no suspects.

Detroit Free Press


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