A 10-year-old boy died after he was shot in the chest at the Warren Manor apartments east of Dequindre Road and south of Nine Mile Road on July 22.

A 10-year-old boy died after he was shot in the chest at the Warren Manor apartments east of Dequindre Road and south of Nine Mile Road on July 22.

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Teen in custody after 10-year-old shot, killed at Warren apartment

UPDATE: Suspect, 15, charged as adult. See related story link below

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published July 23, 2020

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WARREN — A 10-year-old boy was killed and a 15-year-old boy was taken into custody after an afternoon shooting at a Warren apartment on July 22.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said they were among a group of at least 10 children gathered at a unit in the Warren Manor apartments on Dequindre Road, south of Nine Mile Road.

First responders were dispatched to the scene at 1:07 p.m. after the 10-year-old, initially believed to be a resident of Detroit, was shot once in the chest with a bullet fired from a handgun.

Warren Police Lt. John Barnes said the child was transported to Children’s Hospital in Detroit in critical condition. Dwyer later confirmed that the boy died at 2:20 p.m.

Police initially said the shooting was possibly accidental, and Dwyer said the circumstances remained under investigation at press time July 23. He said it was clear, however, that the wound wasn’t self-inflicted and that investigators believe the 15-year-old, also a Detroit resident, brought the gun to the apartment and fired the shot.

“There’s a possibility that we may request that he be tried as an adult. We’re not sure yet,” Dwyer said. “The prosecutor will make that determination.”

Dwyer said the teen was accompanied by his mother and an attorney when he turned himself in at about 6:30 p.m. at an agreed-upon location near 12 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.

Nine minors were interviewed by Warren detectives: six boys and three girls. Police said there were no adults present when the shooting took place.

“The investigation is ongoing as far as who rented the apartment, how often and what they were doing in the apartment, this young group of kids,” Dwyer said. “There’s a lot of unanswered questions this morning that we’re looking at getting answers to today.”

The teen had not been formally charged at press time and was not named. Dwyer said a decision regarding charges would be made by Macomb County prosecutors after five days.

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