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Women leave house party with unexplained gunshot wounds

February 20, 2013

SOUTHFIELD — It was a house party that attendees say just got out of hand the night of Feb. 17, and two women were taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds to their arms just after midnight.

According to Lt. Nick Loussia of the Southfield Police Department, police are investigating the matter because no witnesses have any reports of who had the gun or how the two were targeted.

“Our officers responded to the location after receiving several 911 calls about shots being heard,” he explained about the house in the 20000 block of Westland Drive. “Numerous vehicles were leaving the area when our officers arrived, and one of the vehicles stopped and made contact with our officer. The driver said she had two females in her car that had been shot, each with a gunshot wound to the arm.”

Officers administered first-aid to both victims, Loussia noted, as they waited for paramedics to arrive and transport the 18-year-old victims, one from Southfield and the other from Royal Oak, to the hospital.

Several people in the house were interviewed, and while many said they heard the shots, no one knew who fired them, according to the report.

“The party had been thrown at the house by a male and was advertised on Instagram. Because of that, a lot of people who were not invited to the party showed up,” Loussia explained, adding that more than 30 people were inside the house at the time. “People believed there was some type of altercation between two males, and after that, that’s when the shots were fired.”

Loussia added that it appears, so far, that the shots were fired outside and that the two women were not intended to be targets.

“We believe shots were fired randomly into the crowd of partygoers, and they just happened to be the victims of the shots,” he said.

Both women were shot in the upper arm, and their wounds were not life-threatening. Loussia said authorities are working to identify the homeowner and any witnesses to the incident. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.

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