Police believe shooting was retaliation for previous incident

Those involved not cooperating with officers, police say

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published May 11, 2018

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville police are investigating the attempted shooting of three teens who were walking in the 26000 block of Pinehurst Street, near Frazho Road and Gratiot Avenue, at 3 p.m. May 10.

Police believe the motive for the shooting was retaliation for a “stabbing taking place about three weeks ago on Pinehurst Street,” according to Roseville Police Chief James Berlin.

Three teens were walking on the street when, police said, a green Chrysler Concorde pulled alongside the teens, and the driver of the vehicle pulled out a handgun and opened fire. After shooting “at least five rounds” at the group, police said, the driver fled the scene.

None of the teens were struck by the rounds fired.

Two police units were nearby and heard the gunfire, and they were able to respond in time to see the vehicle fleeing Pinehurst onto eastbound Frazho Road.

Police said that they attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle took off, driving two blocks before trying to turn onto Koontz Street, where the driver lost control and crashed into a parked vehicle.

Police stated that the male driver of the Concorde jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot, throwing a semi-automatic handgun into the front lawn where the car crashed.

Berlin told C & G Newspapers May 11 that police are still looking for the car’s owner.

“It was registered to a woman, and we’re trying to find and track her down. Hopefully, she’ll tell us who she gave the car to or who had authority to use it yesterday,” he said.  

A juvenile passenger was in the vehicle, and police took her into custody. Berlin said police have had “multiple contacts” with her, and she was later released to her parents.

Police set up a perimeter around the area where the suspect fled and called in a tracking dog to try to locate the suspect.

“Unfortunately, after an exhaustive search, officers were unable to locate the suspect,” police stated in a May 11 press release.

Berlin said police are still investigating the matter and believe it is a form of retaliation for an incident at a party.

“There was a party about three weeks ago. A fight broke out between two guys. One of the guys pulled out a knife and slashed the other guy across the chest. It was a pretty significant wound,” said Berlin.

According to police, no one involved is cooperating with investigators. Berlin said that each time investigators have spoken with those involved, those involved have given a different version of the story.

“No one knows anything, no one heard anything, no one knows who anyone is — 100 percent uncooperative. The party is where we believe it started, and the three potential victims yesterday were at that party. We believe it was retaliation for that incident,” he said.

Police don’t know if the driver in the May 10 incident was involved with the party, because of the lack of cooperation, Berlin said. The only description police had of the driver was that he appeared to be “a young black male.”

Anyone who has information on this incident can contact Roseville police at (586) 447-4508.