Police continue investigation into Eastland shooting

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published September 10, 2014

HARPER WOODS — Police believe two weapons were used to fire multiple shots at two people in the parking lot of Eastland Center during the afternoon Aug. 27.

The incident led to the two people being taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds.

Harper Woods Public Safety detectives are working with other agencies to see if the Eastland shooting possibly is related to other incidents around the same time frame.

“We’re still working closely with the Violent Crimes Task Force,” Harper Woods Director of Public Safety James Burke said.

“We’re still pursuing some pretty solid leads,” Burke said.

They’re also working with the Detroit Police Department.

They are investigating whether the incident might be related to a drive-by shooting that left one dead on Detroit’s east side on the same day as the Eastland shooting.

In the Eastland incident, a 30-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were shot when a vehicle containing at least three suspects pulled up and fired multiple times as the victims were on the west side of the mall at about 3:30 p.m.

The suspects fled the scene.

“Harper Woods detectives recovered over 25 shell casings at the crime scene,” Public Safety Director James Burke said in a news release. “It is believed a large-caliber handgun and some type of rifle were used in the attack.”

The two victims were taken to a local hospital.

“At this time, both victims are expected to recover from their gunshot wounds,” Burke said in the news release after the incident.

Burke said he is proud of the hard work that the officers and detectives have been putting in on this and some other recent crimes in the city.

“Our detectives have been working all weekend,” Burke said last week. 

Anyone with information on this incident should call Harper Woods Public Safety at (313) 343-2530.