Police seeking leads in Jan. 20 shooting

By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers

ALLEN PARK – Police hope to hear from anyone near Oakwood and Enterprise Drive about 8 p.m. Jan. 20, when a Dearborn teen was shot by a passenger in another car at a traffic light.

Allen Park Police Detective Jim Thorburn hopes someone might remember seeing a black, 4-door car with at least four passengers, one possibly female. The driver and front seat passenger, the alleged gunman, are described as black males in their late teens or early 20s.

Two brothers, an 18-year-old driver and a 16-year-old passenger, had just left a family wedding and were driving northwest on Oakwood when they stopped at the light at Enterprise Drive. A car reportedly pulled up along side them, and a few words were exchanged when the front seat passenger pulled out a black handgun and aimed it at the brothers.

The driver said he immediately accelerated when he saw the gun. The gunman fired four shots at the brothers’ car, one of which went through the driver’s side back door and through the front passenger seat, lodging in the passenger’s back.

The victim’s brother immediately drove him to nearby Beaumont Hospital – Dearborn.

Thorburn said they are still checking to see if the suspect vehicle was captured on any surveillance video in the vicinity.

The brothers told police that that they didn’t think they did anything to provoke the attack.

“We have some leads, and we are looking into them at this point,” Thorburn said. “Anybody that may have been in the area that may have seen anything, they will remain anonymous.”

Thorburn asks anyone with information call 313-386-6377.

The 16-year-old man is no longer in critical condition, Thorburg said, and has talked with detectives.

(Sue Suchyta can be reached at sue.suchyta@yahoo.com.)