Detroit woman rushes children to hospital after shooting ambush on east side

34-year-old man fatally shot, 2 kids injured

By Shawn Ley - Reporter

DETROIT - Two gunmen dressed in all black executed what sources said was an ambush Wednesday morning near Sanford Avenue and Conner Street on Detroit's east side. 

The shooting killed a man and left two children with injuries. 

The suspects were hiding in a vacant home directly across the street from the victim's home. Troy Sanford, 34, was shot and killed as he was getting ready to take children to school about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Troy Sanford (WDIV)

Police said the suspects fired high-powered guns. About a dozen rounds were fired. 

"How sad is that? In broad daylight," said Detroit police Commander Eric Decker. "We need the community to come forward and help puts these people away, and make sure this doesn't happen again."

There were three kids in the van driven by Sanford. A 10-year-old girl was shot in her shoulder. The bullet went in one side and out the other. A 14-year-old boy received bullet fragments in his face. 

There was also a 12-year-old boy in the van who was not injured. 

Police said the children's mother ran to the van, jumped in and rushed them to Children's Hospital. 

"These guys ran up and started shooting. We have no clue why," said Decker. 

No arrests have been made. Police are trying to figure out why Sanford was targeted. 

The only description police have offered of the shooters is two men dressed in black and armed with guns. 

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