Man shot in vehicle while driving on I-75 service drive in Hazel Park

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published February 7, 2019

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HAZEL PARK/MADISON HEIGHTS — A man driving through Hazel Park was shot through the side of his vehicle and transported himself to a restaurant in Madison Heights before calling for help. 

Michigan State Police say they know who did it, and that it was an attempt on the man’s life. 

“We hope the next thing you hear from us is an arrest,” said MSP First Lt. Michael Shaw. 

Troopers with the MSP first received word of a shooting around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6. The victim, age 23, had driven himself to a Red Lobster on 12 Mile Road in Madison Heights before calling for aid.

The shooting itself occurred while the victim was driving on the northbound Interstate 75 service drive, near Eight Mile Road. Police did not describe the suspect or suspects, but they said that someone fired multiple rounds into the side of the victim’s vehicle while it was in transit. One of those bullets pierced the lower half of the victim’s body. 

The victim didn’t immediately call for help. First he drove to Red Lobster, and then made the call for help. Paramedics then delivered him to a local hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released the same night. Police say that he is currently OK.

However, Shaw advised against driving oneself to a hospital when wounded. 

“People do this more often than you think,” he said. “We recommend that when people have something happen to them, that they don’t drive themselves to the hospital or have a friend drive them there. Call 911 and get proper service instead. 

“I don’t know why people sometimes don’t do this,” he said. “Maybe it’s the cost of EMS or that they have something to hide.”

While no arrests had been made at press time, Shaw said that they know who shot the man and why. He said that the suspect(s) intentionally targeted the victim. 

“Usually, a shooting is not random,” Shaw said. “Usually there’s something else in the background that prompts it.” 

He also said that while he appreciates the public’s assistance, none is needed in this case.

“We really don’t need tips here,” Shaw said. “We don’t need any help from the public this time.”

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