Southfield police search for Telegraph Road shooting suspects

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published January 9, 2019

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SOUTHFIELD — Police are looking into a recent assault and possible attempted murder.

Officers were dispatched to the area of Telegraph Road and Sargent Avenue on a report that a shooting had occurred at around 12:11 a.m. Dec. 22.

When police arrived and spoke to the victims, a woman told police that she had been driving northbound on Telegraph Road and stopped behind a maroon-colored, four-door Pontiac G6, which was stopped for a red light on northbound Telegraph, at Sargent.

When the light turned green, the woman said, the G6 didn’t move, so she tapped her horn to inform the driver of the light change.

The woman told police that the G6 then moved through the light northbound on Telegraph, and the woman pulled into a store in the 22000 block of Telegraph — her intended destination.

The woman and her passenger, a man, went into the store, and a short time later, two suspects, one man and one woman — who the victim said were from the G6 — went into the store and confronted the victims about sounding their horn.

The woman told police that the male suspect showed her and the male victim that he had a gun, and he threatened them, she said. The victims told police that they didn’t reply to the suspects but left the store.

Following the incident at the store, the victims were shot at as they drove south on Telegraph, near Nine Mile Road, causing the window to shatter. The victims told police they believed the shooter to be in the G6 from the earlier incident.

Immediately after the shooting, the victims said, they pulled off the roadway, called police and waited for them to arrive.

No one was injured in the incident.

An investigation revealed that two bullets struck out the victim’s driver’s side door. Three spent shell casings and one spent round were recovered by evidence technicians.

The suspects were not located. Acting Southfield Police Chief Nick Loussia said police are still on the lookout for the man and woman involved.

The first suspect is described as a black woman around 5 feet 4 inches tall with a thin build. She has long dark hair and dark eyes. During the incident, she was wearing a pink shirt. Police said she was driving the vehicle during the shooting.

The second suspect is described as a black man around 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build. He was clean shaven and has brown eyes. During the incident, he was wearing a mint green sweater with a hood over his head and blue jeans. Police said he was the shooter in the altercation.

Loussia said the best way to avoid aggressive drivers is to be polite on the roadways.

“Motorists need to realize other drivers make honest mistakes. Remember that everyone is human,” Loussia said. “Let it go. Don’t escalate the situation.”

If another driver is driving aggressively, stay out of their way, Loussia said.

“If somebody is an aggressive driver and they try to pass you and maybe enter your lane, don’t prevent them from merging in your lane. Let them pass and leave plenty of room between you and them. If somebody gives you an angry gesture, take the high road and engage in polite driving,” he said.

Loussia also said people should call police if they feel threatened by an aggressive driver.

“Report it to the police. If an aggressive driver is following you, don’t go home. Call the police and drive to the nearest police station or public building that has a lot of people,” Loussia said.

Anyone with information on the suspects or their whereabouts is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.