Shots fired in Sterling condo complex

Woman hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published December 1, 2020

 Video footage shows a pickup truck driver shooting at a woman escaping in another vehicle by Park Place Drive in Sterling Heights Nov. 28.

Video footage shows a pickup truck driver shooting at a woman escaping in another vehicle by Park Place Drive in Sterling Heights Nov. 28.

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The Sterling Heights Police Department is looking for a suspect who reportedly fired at a car at a condominium complex Nov. 28. 

According to Sterling Heights police Lt. Mario Bastianelli, video surveillance footage released by police shows a woman entering dark-colored vehicle and backing out of a parking spot along Park Place Drive, located near Metropolitan Parkway and Dequindre roads, at around 11:15 a.m. As this happens, the video shows, a gray pickup truck, which was also parked in the lot, suddenly drives up behind the reversing vehicle. 

The video then shows an individual climbing out of the truck and firing what appears to be a handgun at the woman’s vehicle as it escapes. Eight gunshot sounds ring out in the video. Then the truck driver gets back in the truck and travels in the direction of the woman’s vehicle. Meanwhile, a witness standing at a porch screams.

About 30 seconds after the gunshots, the woman’s vehicle circles back to the condo building, and she runs inside. The gray truck is then seen on camera again, but it drives off.

In Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 Facebook posts, the Sterling Heights Police Department said they are “utilizing every resource to capture this suspect in this shooting.” 

Bastianelli said Dec. 1 that the male suspect still hasn’t been caught, and police said they could not reveal any further details about him at this time. He also commented on the woman driving the other vehicle, stating that she was the only person known to be injured in the altercation.

“She was shot a couple of times, non-life threatening injuries, and she’s currently recovering in the hospital,” he said.

Bastianelli  said the case is still under investigation. While he said police cannot verify whether the two individuals knew each other, he added that officers at this time aren’t considering it to be a road rage incident.

Police urge anyone who knows more about the suspect or the vehicle to contact the department by calling (586) 446-2866.

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