Royal Oak Tribune

State troopers: Cars shot at on I-96 this week

- By Aileen Wingblad awingblad@medianewsg­roup.com @awingblad on Twitter

Michigan State Police continues to investigat­e two freeway shootings this week.

No injuries were reported in either case.

According to MSP, the more recent case happened at around 6 a.m. Monday when the driver of a Cadillac said he was driving in the westbound I-96 express lane next to a Chrysler 300 when he heard gunshots. His vehicle sustained multiple bullet holes.

The shooting happened about 12 hours after another reported roadway shooting in the same general area. MSP said a preliminar­y investigat­ion showed that a woman was fired on after a vehicle cut her off and she honked her horn while traveling along the Southfield Freeway near I-96 at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The vehicle drove up to her and stopped, a passenger fired on her, and then the passenger and driver fled on foot, police said.

It appears the suspect vehicle was stolen, police said.

Another roadway shooting happened last Saturday night in Livonia, when an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy was shot at while driving on his way to work. According to the sheriff’s office, the deputy — who was not hit by the bullet — was in his own vehicle on I-96 between the Merriman and Farmington roads exits at around 8 p.m. when a blue Mercury Milan slowed down and pulled up alongside him. The driver then fired one shot at the deputy, striking the car.

The shooter in this case is described as a black male in his mid-20s to early 30s, with either shoulder-length braids or dreadlocks and a light, scruffy beard. The sheriff’s said there was no altercatio­n of any kind prior to the incident.

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