DETROIT -

It was a crime scene just feet away from monkey bars and swing sets on Detroit’s westside.

Just after 8 a.m. Thursday, a single gunshot was fired at Henry Strickland, a man in his 50s who was trying to defend his property while his car was being broken into.

“It’s just so scary, being so close to home”, said Yvonne Brown, Strickland’s neighbor. 

Two black men between the ages of 20 and 25 years old attempted to steal Strickland’s car, a black Grand Prix, outside of his home on Cherrylawn Street.  

“They just tried to smash his car in then Henry came out and was hollering at them from the porch,” said Brown. “Police told me they shot at Henry, I heard the ambulance and came outside.” 

While Strickland was shot at, the bullet only grazed his face. Police tell Local 4 he was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to be ok. But it’s where this crime happened that has Brown upset. 

“We live right across the street from a school and a playground,” Brown said. “So many kids go to summer school around here, there could have been all kinds of kids in this park, I can’t believe there wasn’t.” 

Police tell Local 4 the would-be carjackers got away.