Police investigate triple-homicide on Detroit’s west side

Shooting was not drive-by, police say

DETROIT – Police are investigating a triple-homicide Sunday on Detroit’s west side.

According to authorities, it happened at about 1 p.m. near the intersection of Proctor Street and Panama Avenue. Police said the three victims and the suspects got into a physical altercation that escalated into a shooting.

Residents in the neighborhood refused to speak on camera, but said they heard what sounded like a gun battle that started with two shots and then what sounded like a gun firing until it was empty.

Authorities said two of the victims are in their 30s and they aren’t sure of the age of the third man. None of the men lived in the neighborhood.

Police said the shooting suspects fled the area in a black Chevrolet four-door pickup truck and a green pickup truck.

Police said the suspects in an April 25, 2021 triple-homicide fled the area in a black Chevrolet truck and a green truck. (WDIV)

Medics arrived on scene and pronounced two of the three victims deceased. The third was rushed to a hospital, where he died from his injuries. Police said one body was found on the sidewalk and another inside a bullet-riddled black SUV.

No description of the suspects was provided at the time.

“We do not know what the motive for this is right now,” said Detroit police Capt. Russell Solano. “Homicide is out here talking to witnesses to get a better grasp of what may have happened. We don’t know.”

Yellow evidence markers covered the street, showing where bullet casings landed. Michigan State Police brought in a K-9 unit to assist in the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detroit Police Department at 313-596-2260 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.

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