Governor says state is committed to helping reduce crime in Detroit

Shooting outside Detroit barber shop grabs national attention as latest violent crime in city

By Mara MacDonald - Reporter


What happened Wednesday evening on Detroit's east side is not just a Detroit story, it's a national story.

Story: 2 killed, 8 others wounded in shooting on Detroit's east side

The national networks were on the ground covering a mass shooting in a city with a reputation for violent crime -- one that ranks among the worst in the country.

"It's a tragic situation, you know, I've been talking about the fact that we've been driving down violent crime and I'm optimistic that we're going to find these violent predators and bring them into custody. I can't even imagine what would cause this type of violence," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

Craig, the city's newest chief of police, has been overhauling the structure of the Detroit Police Department, which is like trying to turn a battleship around on a dime.

Everyone in a position of authority in this town, whether it's Emergency Manger Kevyn Orr, Mayor Dave Bing or mayor-elect Mike Duggan, acknowledge that without a fix for the violent crime, there is no real moving forward.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was in the city Wednesday night for a speaking engagement to empower minority businesses. Local 4 asked him whether the state can do more to help.

"Yeah, well we're still getting information on this situation. I'm still getting all the facts. It's good the chief is on site from the city police department. Obviously, our first thoughts go out to the families of people that may have gotten killed in this event or shot. But again, we've been committed to this city and we're going to stay committed to the city in terms of state police resources, ways we can help, ways we can reduce crime," said Gov. Snyder.

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