Southfield police search for party store shooter

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 12, 2020

File photo by Deb Jacques

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SOUTHFIELD — Officers are looking for a man wanted in connection with a recent attempted robbery and shooting at a local business.

Police were dispatched to a party store in the 19000 block of 10 Mile Road on a report of an attempted armed robbery around 7:31 p.m. Jan. 23.

Police spoke to an employee, who said that a man had entered the store around 7:30 p.m., produced a pistol from his waistband and demanded all of the money in the cash register.

The victim told police that, while he was gathering the money, a customer entered the store, and this distracted the suspect. The victim then dove behind the counter, and the suspect ran out of the store.

As the suspect fled, the victim heard a loud noise, like a gunshot, he told police. The customer who walked into the store also told police they heard what they thought to be a gunshot.

The customer’s wife, who was waiting in the car in the parking lot, saw a man wearing dark clothing run out of the store and around two parked cars before turning and firing a gun toward the front door of the business.

Police said the suspect then fled on foot north on Red River Road.

When police viewed the surveillance video from the incident, they saw the suspect walking from a black four-door vehicle, which was parked on Jeanette Street, just east of Red River, around 7:28 p.m.

At 7:29 p.m., the man can be seen fleeing from the store, running around two cars, and firing his gun at the front doors of the business. He is then seen getting in the black four-door vehicle and fleeing the area.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s. He’s around 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 130-150 pounds. Police said the man was clean shaven, has brown eyes, and has a large tattoo on his right hand.

During the attempted robbery, police said, the man was wearing a dark blue hoodie with the hood up, dark colored jeans and black shoes.

Police said two evidence technicians processed the scene, took photos and collected evidence.

The incident remains under investigation.

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