Few clues in Detroit party shoot­ing that killed 19-year-old and in­jured 11


A wall of si­lence sur­rounds a shootout at a block party in Detroit that left a 19-year-old gun­man dead and 11 other peo­ple wounded, po­lice Chief James Craig said Sun­day from the site where about 300 peo­ple had bar­be­cued and cel­e­brated hours ear­lier.

Stand­ing on bas­ket­ball courts where the shoot­ing hap­pened about 8:30 p.m. Satur­day, Craig said of­fi­cers are seek­ing two men be­lieved to have ex­changed gun­fire with the vic­tim, Ma­lik Jones. So far, he said, wit­nesses and the in­jured haven’t been much help.

“This is a pas­sion­ate plea for the neigh­bor­hood to say some­thing and step up,” Craig said. “We are for­tu­nate we don’t have any young chil­dren re­cov­er­ing from a gun­shot wound.”

Res­i­dents have been re­luc­tant to co­op­er­ate with po­lice, the chief ac­knowl­edged, with wit­nesses ap­par­ently con­cerned that they may put them­selves at risk.

“I un­der­stand the fear ... but are we go­ing to let these ur­ban ter­ror­ists take over our city?” Craig asked. “This must end. We are fight­ing hard ... but we can­not do it alone.”

Four women and seven men were in­jured, the old­est of them 47. All were ei­ther in sta­ble condi- tion at hos­pi­tals or back home on Sun­day, Craig said.

Ac­cord­ing to the chief, the 19-year-old had been shot and wounded re­cently and Satur­day’s ex­change of gun­fire was be­lieved to be in re­tal­i­a­tion.

The dou­ble bas­ket­ball court is run by the ad­join­ing Dex­terElmhurst Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, said He­len Moore, chair­woman of the pri­vate group that man­ages the cen­ter.

“It’s a good com­mu­nity,” Moore said. “I know there are peo­ple in the com­mu­nity that know what hap­pened and are afraid to speak up.”

“I’m not afraid of any­thing but God,” she added.

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