MSP investigates multiple freeway shootings

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published December 20, 2017

DETROIT — A Southfield woman was caught in the midst of a string of local freeway shootings earlier this month. 

The Michigan State Police are investigating four early morning shootings that all took place on the same day. Police believe all the shootings are related. 

According to a news release from Lt. Mike Shaw, public information officer for the Michigan State Police, at around 2:57 a.m. Dec. 7, troopers from the Metro South Post and the Second District Special Investigation Section responded to the area of westbound Interstate 96 and Davidson Street for a possible shooting on the freeway. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that a man from Northville was driving home from work when a vehicle — possibly a silver 2010 Impala —  pulled alongside him and fired shots at his vehicle. 

Although the vehicle was sruck, the driver was uninjured, police said. 

After the shots were fired, the victim pulled off onto the shoulder and called 911. 

Troopers closed I-96 from around 5 a.m. to 6:05 a.m. to investigate, recovering two shell casings and other evidence, Shaw said in the release. 

During the afternoon hours of Dec. 7, a man from Detroit entered the Metro South Post in Taylor to report that his vehicle had also been shot at on I-96 at Livernois Avenue in Detroit at approximately the same time as the shooting at I-96 and Davidson. 

Police said the victim was not injured during the incident. A bullet hole was found in the victim’s vehicle, and the bullet was recovered. 

Shaw said all evidence recovered from the vehicle has been sent to the MSP crime lab. 

At around 3:04 a.m. Dec. 7, troopers responded to westbound Interstate 94, near Gratiot, on a report of a possible shooting on the freeway. 

During the preliminary investigation, police learned that a man from Chesterfield Township was driving to work when an unknown vehicle pulled alongside him and a driver fired shots at his vehicle. 

Shaw said the victim was struck in the leg by the gunfire, exited the freeway and stopped at a gas station, where he called Detroit police. 

The driver was transported to a hospital, where he was treated and released. 

The incident occurred at around 2:40 a.m., and the MSP was contacted by Detroit police at 3:04 a.m. once the incident was confirmed to have happened on the freeway, Shaw said. 

Troopers closed the freeway yet again from 6:30 a.m. to around 7:58 a.m., but they were unable to locate any evidence. 

In a statement on Twitter Dec. 9, MSP officials announced that detectives were interviewing a woman from Southfield who said she also had been shot at. 

The woman told police her car was struck by gunfire during the same timeframe as the other three shootings Dec. 7, in the area of I-94 and French Road. 

“MSP detectives are currently interviewing this victim and collecting evidence. This evidence will be sent to the MSP crime lab for comparison,” MSP officials wrote in the statement. “We are still looking for a silver or gray sedan that may have been involved.”

Because a gray or silver sedan was seen during all of the incidents, Shaw said, police believe the shootings are related. 

“There is no relationship between any of the victims, however, with the locations of these shootings and the updated timelines, detectives are treating all … incidents as having the same suspect(s),” Shaw said in a written statement. “MSP is currently re-deploying personnel to the Detroit freeway system as a precaution, and extra patrols are being called in to augment regularly scheduled patrols.”

The investigation into the shootings continues, Shaw said. Witnesses are asked to contact the MSP at (734) 287-5000.