Man shot on Harper Woods school playground at night

By: Brendan Losinski | C&G Newspapers | Published October 23, 2019

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HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety is investigating an incident that occurred at approximately 7:45 p.m. Oct. 22 at Poupard Elementary School, 20655 Lennon St., in which gunshots were fired and one man was wounded.

Police officers responded to reports of shots coming from the playground of the school, although they found that all parties had fled the scene. 

Police confirmed that a 20-year-old believed to have been injured in the shooting was transported by non-emergency personnel to a local hospital, where he was listed in temporary serious condition.

“It’s an ongoing investigation. Our detectives are following up as we speak,” said Harper Woods Department of Public Safety Deputy Chief John Vorgitch. “I can’t elaborate on anything about why (the people involved) were at the school or anything related to motive.”

According to the department, the incident began with a physical altercation between several male and female individuals at the scene. Police said one of the men produced a handgun and fired several shots, striking the 20-year-old in the back.

As of Oct. 23, police had no suspects in custody.

Although Poupard Elementary School is located within Harper Woods, it is part of the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

“There were no students or staff on the premises at the time,” said Jon Dean, the district’s deputy superintendent. “We passed along the police statement to our parents, and we are assuring them that the school and students are safe. We had school today (Oct. 23), and it was a wonderful day of school.”