Michigan State Police searching for tips on I-696 shooting

By: Mike Koury | Southfield Sun | Published August 30, 2021

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The Michigan State Police are investigating a shooting that occurred on a freeway in Southfield and are seeking tips from anyone who might’ve witnessed the incident.

According to social media posts, the MSP was notified at 3:25 p.m. Aug. 23 of a shooting near the eastbound Interstate 696 exit ramps at Telegraph Road by the Southfield Police Department.

MSP Lt. Mike Shaw stated that a woman driving in the area got into what was described as a “road rage incident.” The woman was unharmed in the shooting, but her vehicle was hit with multiple gunshots.

“Basically, in a nutshell, she said she’s driving down the freeway there and got into a road rage incident and the other vehicle shot at her,” he said. “If that’s truthful or not, we’re not quite sure.”

When the MSP arrived, only a witness and Southfield police were there to advise what had happened, as the victim had left and gone to work. MSP officers were able to call her back to the scene. It was the witness who told police the shooting happened on southbound Telegraph, where it merges with the Lodge Freeway.

Shaw said the victim didn’t know if that was the area where the shooting had occurred.

“Troopers ended up driving her around the area trying to figure out where it happened,” he said. “She thinks it happened on the Lodge. We didn’t find anything out there that said that was the actual location of it, but we’re gonna take her word for it.”

The MSP stated the suspect’s vehicle was described as a black Pontiac with dark-tinted windows with two younger males inside, though witnesses  were not able to get plate information. 

Shaw is hoping police are able to get in somebody who actually saw the incident where it took place. As of Aug. 26, the MSP has yet to receive any tips.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the MSP Metro North Post at (248) 584-5740. People also can leave a tip on the MSP mobile app.

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