14-year-old boy shot in heart of Downtown Detroit

Police say shooter tried to discard bullets, handgun near crime scene

DETROIT - A 14-year-old boy was shot Tuesday in the heart of Downtown Detroit near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Grand River Avenue, police said.

Somebody shot the teenager in the foot while standing or walking near the intersection, then took off running toward Woodward Avenue, police said.

The sound of gunshots echoing through the streets of Detroit caught workers at the Brass Rail bar off guard.

"I heard the gunshots," one employee said.

"A good six," another employee said.

By the time employees stepped outside, they said two men had run across Grand Circus Park. One went right into the bar, where the patio door was still open.

"He came around the bar like this, kind of snuck in and came up," an employee said.

"He did something at the end of the bar," an employee said. "At the time I wasn't sure what it was."

Tucked away at the end of the bar were bullets. Police believe the shooter tried to ditch them and other evidence as he tried to get away.

"He threw the bullets there, went around this way, threw the gun in the trash can and his buddy came back for it about 10 minutes later," an employee said.

The man then walked toward Adams and Woodward avenues, dropping a gun in the trash. The brown handle of the handgun was visible under the leaves.

"I saw the gun laying in there, so that's when I walked over to the crime scene, got the police and told them I feel the suspect was in there and we have evidence," a witness said.

Police said the 14-year-old is in serious condition. It's unclear what prompted the shooting, officials said.

Police believe there are three crime scenes involved in the shooting.

"I'm just glad no one was killed tonight, and hopefully we can bring the perps to justice," an employee said.

Detroit police are searching for two men involved in the shooting.

The scene at Washington and Grand River is still active as police investigate.

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