The Guns of Detroit

A selection of gun-related crimes reported by the Detroit Police Department over a two-week period in July offers a snapshot of the challenges law enforcement agencies face as they work to rid the city of illegally-obtained weapons and ammo.
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Note: The following summaries are allegations of incidents that have been reported and are under investigation.    

1 Precinct: 7th Precinct
Location: 3300 block of Arndt
       Date/Time: 7/10/14, 6 p.m.
CIRCUMSTANCES:
The 88-year-old male complainant was home alone when an unknown black female knocked on the front door. The complainant opened the door and two unknown black males forced their way into the complainant’s house, knocking him to the floor. The suspects placed a gun to the complainant’s head, forced him to an upstairs bedroom, placed a blanket over his head, used a telephone cord to restrain the complainant, and ransacked his home. Taken were $600 cash, a cell phone, and a wallet containing identification. The complainant was not injured.

   2 Precinct: 8th Precinct
  Location: 15400 block of Prevost
          Date/Time: 7/14/14, 3:30 a.m.
CIRCUMSTANCES:
The complainant stated that he was walking home from the store when a black Chrysler 200 four-door, occupied by three suspects, asked the complainant if he had any narcotics. When the complainant said no, shots were fired from the passenger side of the vehicle, wounding the complainant in his stomach. He is listed in stable condition.

    3Precinct: 2nd Precinct
    Location: W. Chicago/Wyoming
             Date/Time: 7/16/14, 11:30 p.m.
CIRCUMSTANCES:
The 26-year-old female agreed to meet a suspect whom she had become acquainted with on Craigslist. They met at the above location and the suspect produced a handgun and robbed the complainant. The complainant’s cell phone, and purse were taken. The complainant ran away after the suspect robbed her, and she heard approximately four gunshots and realized that she had been struck in the side. The complainant is listed in stable condition.

    4Precinct: 12th Precinct
    Location: W. Outer Drive/Tracey
            Date/Time: 7/16/14, 3:30 p.m.
CIRCUMSTANCES:
The 17-year-old complainant was walking in the noted area when a silver, older-model Dodge Durango occupied by three suspects pulled up. The three suspects jumped out of the vehicle and robbed the complainant at gunpoint. The complainant’s $4, a Samsung Galaxy cell phone, and black hoodie were taken. The complainant was not injured.

    5Precinct: 4th Precinct
   Location: W. Vernor/Vinewood
            Date/Time: 7/17/14, 11:30 p.m.
CIRCUMSTANCES:
The 27-year-old victim was walking in an alley (in an area in southwest Detroit) when two suspects driving in a four-door white Buick approached him and announced a holdup. The victim attempted to flee but the suspects pulled out a shotgun and fired one shot, striking the victim in the chest and face. The victim is listed in temporary serious condition.

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