DETROIT – Detroit police are investigating two separate shootings on freeways early Thursday morning.
Michigan State Police said the first shooting was about 3 a.m. on eastbound I-94 near Harper Avenue. A 44-year-old man driving a red car was shot in the leg. He went to a nearby gas station for help. He has been released from the hospital and is expected to be OK.
There are at least two bullet holes in the victim's vehicle. State police said a shell casing was found on I-94.
The second shooting happened between 3 and 3:30 a.m. on westbound I-96 near Davison. A vehicle was struck by a bullet, but the driver was not hit. The bullet hit one of the tires on the vehicle.
Westbound I-96 was shutdown at Joy Road until about 6 a.m. when it reopened to traffic.
Police investigate possible connection
Police are trying to figure out if these shootings are connected. No arrests have been announced.
"We haven't had a freeway shooting for quite a while so to have two happen at the same ... we don't rule anything out. Everybody's a suspect until we rule you out. So that's kind of where we're at right now. It's right at the beginning stages," said Lt. Michael Shaw.
Detectives said it would be highly rare and coincidental to have two random shootings on freeways in the same morning. However, state police tweeted later Thursday morning the incidents "appear to be unrelated."
Shooting Update:— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) December 7, 2017
WB 94 is closed at Conner. 96 shooting scene is cleared with shell casing located on the freeway. Detectives looking for shell casings now on 94. Currently, these appear to be unrelated incidents. Victim from 94 shooting clear from the hospital. pic.twitter.com/gsmKEV1IHM
Victim goes to gas station for help
The victim who was shot in the leg on I-94 walked into a nearby gas station. A man working at the station was stunned by the victim's calm demeanor and couldn't believe he had been shot.
"I didn't believe it. He came in so calm and he told me, 'Can you call the cops?' I was like, 'For what?' and he said, 'I got shot.' I said, 'Can I see?' and he said, 'Yeah, sure,'" said Emad Alomari, a gas station employee.
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