Masked home invaders shoot, injure 2 residents

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published May 15, 2017


An early morning home invasion resulted in the hospitalization of two residents after they were shot by masked gunmen, according to Sterling Heights police.

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. David Sarvello, three male suspects wearing masks and carrying handguns reportedly forced open the front door of a home at around 3:40 a.m. May 14 in the 2000 block of Groves Drive, near Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre Road.

The suspects reportedly found seven residents inside the home and held them at gunpoint, Sarvello said. At some point, two of the home’s occupants reportedly were each shot once.

Sarvello said it was unclear at this time why the two occupants were targeted, and while police did not reveal the residents’ identities, they were all adults. The gunshots were aimed at the individuals’ lower extremities, Sarvello said.

Police reportedly arrived at the home once the suspects had already left, and a search using a K-9 unit did not turn up any clues of where the suspects had gone. The two injured residents were reportedly taken to a nearby hospital, and police said the victims’ wounds were not considered to be life-threatening.

Police said they are still investigating what the suspects might have taken with them during the home invasion.

“We do know that some jewelry was stolen, but that's all we know at this time,” Sarvello said. “Hopefully, we will get some more information from the victims.”

Sarvello said police do not currently believe that this incident was related to any other recent burglaries.

“We’re not really sure what the motive was,” he added. “The information at this time indicates that it was not a random (act).”

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.