Ferndale police investigating ‘drive-by-type’ shooting at home

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published March 19, 2021

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FERNDALE — Officers from the Ferndale Police Department responded to reports of shots fired at approximately 8:15 p.m. March 17 in the 500 block of St. Louis Street, which is north of Eight Mile Road and west of Woodward Avenue.

According to police, five rounds were shot at a home in a “drive-by-type” shooting conducted by an unknown suspect.

“Several of the rounds struck the house,” Police Chief Dennis Emmi said. “Nobody was injured. It’s an active investigation and our investigators are following up whatever leads come in.”

The home was occupied by three people at the time of the shooting.

“Some of the rounds made it into the interior of the home, and some impacted the outside of the house,” said Emmi.

As of March 18, Emmi stated that police didn’t have any information on a suspect or the vehicle involved in the shooting. He also said it’s unknown at this time who in the home the assailant was trying to shoot.

Emmi said the shooting does not appear to be a random shots-fired incident, but he couldn’t state why, as the case still is under investigation.

“We don’t want people to think that all the houses in the area are subject to being shot at, because that’s not the case,” he said. “We don’t want panic over random shootings. This is not random and our information is pointing to someone who has ties to ... a family member or has connections to a family member. That’s what we believe at this time.”

“We don’t think someone just drove down the street and randomly hit multiple houses,” Ferndale Police Sgt. Janessa Danielson elaborated. “We believe that it was a targeted residence.”

Ferndale police are encouraging any residents to turn in Ring doorbell or Nest video camera footage from the night of the incident, as well as any other information that might lead to a suspect.

“We would urge them to notify us,” said Emmi.

The public can contact the Ferndale Police Department via email at detectives@ferndalepolice.org or by phone at (248) 541-3650.

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