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Eastpointe man dies after being shot during Fourth of July party

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 7, 2020

 Eastpointe police released this image of a suspect who they believe opened fire on a party in the backyard of a home in Eastpointe early on July 5, killing one man and wounding a woman.

Eastpointe police released this image of a suspect who they believe opened fire on a party in the backyard of a home in Eastpointe early on July 5, killing one man and wounding a woman.

Photo provided by the Eastpointe Police Department

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one man dead and a woman wounded.

The incident took place at 1:15 a.m. July 5 in the backyard of a house in the 24000 block of Ridgecroft Avenue, near Kelly and Stephens roads.

According to the Eastpointe Police Department, a lone assailant approached the home carrying a rifle with a light affixed to it. The victims were in the backyard of the house celebrating the Independence Day holiday with several others, including multiple children, investigators said. Police said the suspect fired multiple rounds into the backyard, striking both victims, before running to a vehicle and fleeing the scene.

Both victims were transported to a nearby hospital. Gerry Griffith, 42, of Eastpointe, died as a result of his wound, according to police. The woman is expected to recover, police said.

Eastpointe police officials said the investigation is ongoing; however, they were able to obtain video from a home security system that recorded an image of the suspect. Police ask that anyone with information on the crime contact the department as soon as possible by calling (586) 445-5100, ext. 1028.

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