Detroit Police Chief Craig on Labor Day weekend violence: We are making progress

DETROIT – Labor Day weekend brought with it a wave of violence across Detroit spurring frustration from police.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig discussed the violence at a news conference and detailed the city's crime statistics in comparison to the year-to-date numbers from last year.

Craig said there were 32 shooting incidents in the city over the holiday weekend. Four of those were fatal.

Craig went over the statistics. All of the numbers are down from last year except one -- homicide. He said the city's homicide numbers are up by six as of Tuesday. Aggravated assaults are down four percent and non-fatal shootings are down 13 percent. Robberies are down 15 percent, violent crime is down six percent and property crime was reduced by 4 percent.

The most staggering statistic was that carjackings are down 34 percent.

"We are making progress," Craig said. "I don't want to wave the flag of success yet."

Craig said the department is looking into bonds given to ex-convicts arrested in possession with a gun and said the report could keep criminals locked up.

The weekend

Beginning early Friday morning, an 85-year-old woman was carjacked at a gas station at Fenkell Avenue and Greenfield Road.

Three men, all age 27, were shot Saturday evening while standing outside a home in the 16500 block Prevost Street. Police said a black Dodge Charger pulled up and one of the occupants in the vehicle began firing shots. Demarko Santangilo Taylor was named as a person of interest. Craig send this was one of two triple shootings.

A 23-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday near Haverhill and Munich streets. He was found lying in the street.

On Labor Day, a 45-year-old man was found dead at a home in the 2600 block of Wabash Street. Police said Brian Ray was shot several times and had a gunshot wound in the back of his head, arms and legs.

A 51-year-old man was shot in a pharmacy parking lot on Woodward Avenue at Peterboro Street.  The victim was approached by a man who tried to rob him and shot him.

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