Detroit police are investigating a violent shooting episode that has left three people dead and seven wounded. The shooting took place Wednesday (Nov. 6) night at Al’s Barbershop, and a person of interest in now in custody.
The barbershop, located on the city’s East Side, was known as a hotbed for gambling and other illegal activities by police. A group of men were shooting dice inside the shop when gunmen entered the business around 6 p.m. and began to open fire. According to the Detroit Free Press, police have yet to determine a motive in the crime.
From the Detroit Free Press:
As bullets came in, many of the people who were gathered inside ran for their lives, taking cover at nearby businesses, including a party store across the street.
When it was over, 10 people had been shot — at least two fatally — a particularly bloody scene in a city well-known for its rampant shootings. It served as another reminder of the violence in Detroit, second only to Flint nationally in homicide and violent crime rate, at a time when elected leaders and others are focusing on ways to reduce the bloodshed that’s all too common in many neighborhoods.
Although it was initially reported that two victims had died, all male, a third man was reported dead later. Police are searching for two possible shooters and two Chevrolet Impalas. A woman alleged to be one of the victim’s mother was interviewed by the Free Press but did not give her name. Three of her sons were in the shop during the time of the shooting, reports the paper.
“I heard he’s dead … they won’t let me up there,” the woman said.
Conflicting reports state that 10 persons were shot, although Detroit police say nine total were hit with gunfire.