Detroit sees spike in shootings around city

7 shootings reported in Detroit over 24-hour period

By Shawn Ley - Reporter

DETROIT - There was heartbreak Friday for a family living on Stahelin Street just off of West Warren Avenue in Detroit.

Family members said it was horrifying as three "very young men" who they recognized from their own street rushed into the home demanding money.

The father of the home was watching TV in the basement with his best friend. That man in his 50s reached for one of the guns but was shot to death.  A 19-year-old was taken into custody in connection to the shooting. Neighbors say there were children in the home at the time and it's a tragedy this family was targeted.

"They are very quiet, cute girl riding her bike … when I heard that," Linda Bellamy said.

It was one of two homicides and seven shootings Thursday night into Friday morning where at least 10 people were hit.

It's an explosion of gun violence -- gun violence that Detroit's new police chief has vowed to fight.

How bad is the problem? Doletha Branch can show you.  

"This would be the second morning in a row we came home to police all over the place," she said.

Branch works a late shift.  Yesterday morning she came home to commotion of child across the street getting a hold of a gun and accidently shooting himself.

Friday morning she came home to a cold blooded killing also just across the street.  She and her husband don't know how they're going to stay safe.

"It's hard. It's really hard," she said.

What about changes promised by Detroit police?  People are waiting for this:

"More cops. Definitely more cops," said Bellamy.

It's been two weeks since the chief announced that specialized squads would target crime hot spots. Those officers tell me they have not been told yet when they're hitting the streets. 

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