Man fatally shot in front of Detroit's Mark Twain School for Scholars after dropping off son

Father in his 20s killed after dropping off son at elementary-middle school

DETROIT – A driver was shot and killed Wednesday morning in front of an elementary-middle school in southwest Detroit.

The shooting was reported just before 8 a.m. in front of Mark Twain School for Scholars.

Police said a man in his 20s dropped off his son at the school and after the child got out of the vehicle, a person in the rear passenger seat shot the driver. 

The boy's grandmother identified the victim as Kenan Beard.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the shooter may have got into the vehicle after the boy got out.

Police believe the shooter knew the victim.

K-9 units are searching the area.

The shooter was described as a black man, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighs 150 to 180 pounds. He was wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

A relative said the victim drove his son to school every day.

Detroit Public Schools Community District released the following statement:

Detroit Public Schools Community District Police Department and the Detroit Police Department are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside of the school. The school is not on lock down, no staff or students were involved in the incident. The instructional day will continue as scheduled.


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