Detroit Noel Night shooting: What we know
4 teens shot near DIA during Noel Night festivities
DETROIT – Heavily armed police officers stormed the Detroit Institute of Arts after four teens were shot Saturday night on John R Street outside the Michigan Science Center.
The shooting happened during the annual Noel Night in Midtown, an event which draws thousands of people to the city's Midtown neighborhood, near the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) at Farnsworth and John R streets.
- 4 teens were shot
- They suffered non-life-threatening injuries
- Families fled Noel Night after the shooting
- Wayne State University was on lockdown
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Sources say a 17-year-old girl got into a dispute with a man who opened fire. It's not clear if she knew the gunman. Three males -- a 14-,16- and 19-year-old -- were also shot. Sources say they may have been innocent bystanders.
The 14-year-old is in temporary serious condition. The other victims were listed in stable condition.
Witnesses told police that the shooter fired a gun at the ground, and the victims may have been hit by bullets that ricocheted off the ground.
The 45th annual Noel Night was canceled after the evening shooting.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said there was a heavy police presence, but he is re-evaluating staffing in light of the shooting.
"Certainly we don't deploy like we do say for a July Fourth fireworks celebration, so we are going to be looking at that going forward," Craig said. "Sometimes it's one incident like this that creates so much fear, but this should not be the incident that defines who we are."
People flee Noel Night
Tweets from Noel Night reported a large crowd of people fleeing the area after hearing gunshots. Fights were also reported in the area of the shooting.
Asked about police presence at Noel Night, Craig said it was "significant," though less than at Detroit's fireworks. The event may need more police next year, he said, adding officials may also need to rethink how children are left unsupervised at the event.
"One of the things we have seen here tonight (are) lots of young children here without parental supervision," Craig told Local 4. "Parents dropped their kids off, probably at the Science Museum, for a festive night. Not being critical, just saying we have to rethink, this is about public safety."
Wayne State lockdown
Wayne State University said at 9:30 p.m. -- about a half hour before the official end -- that the event was shut down. People at the scene said police were sending people home as early as 9 p.m.
Helicopters were seen flying over Midtown shortly after the shooting.
The Wayne State University campus went on lockdown Saturday night as a precautionary measure for all buildings, including libraries, school officials said. All activities were canceled.
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