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Harper Woods

Published July 16, 2013

Shotgun-toting suspect shoots at man on street

HARPER WOODS — Police are on the hunt for two suspects who started an altercation with a man jogging in his neighborhood and then shot at the man as he attempted to run away.

The incident took place as the man was heading back to his home in the area of Kenosha and Beaconsfield at about 10:30 p.m. July 3.

Later that night, police were called to St. John Hospital, where a 20-year-old Harper Woods man was being treated for buckshot wounds. The man told police that he was coming back from his jog when he ran into the suspects. Words were exchanged before one of the suspects allegedly brandished a weapon.

“One of the two suspects pulled a shotgun out of his pants and pointed it towards our victim,” Director of Public Safety James Burke said, adding that more words were exchanged before “the suspect racked the shotgun.”

The Harper Woods man tried to run away, but he was shot at multiple times. According to the police report, the man had small buckshot pellets in the back of both of his calves, but he was in stable condition at the hospital immediately following the incident.

According to the police report, the suspects were staring at the Harper Woods man and then they exchanged words before the suspect pulled the weapon.

When the Harper Woods man tried to flee, three shots were fired toward him, which he heard skip off the ground, the report stated.

“The officers recovered three shotgun shell casings at Kenosha and Beaconsfield and some … other evidence,” Burke said.

The shooting victim told police that he hadn’t seen the suspects prior to that night’s incident, but he could identify them if he saw them again.

Burke said police are conducting an investigation to find out the identity of the suspects to make the arrests.

The suspects were described as black men in their late teens. They were both wearing all black clothing. The suspect armed with the shotgun was about 6 feet 1 inch tall with a medium build. The other suspect was 5 feet 11 inches tall with a medium build, according to the police report. 

Anyone with information should call police at (313) 343-2530.

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