Morning Briefing June 19, 2021: Detroit police seek shooter who killed 2-year-old boy, local Juneteenth celebrations happening today, Tropical Storm Claudette drenches Gulf Coast

Here are this morning’s top stories

Local 4 News -- June 19, 2021
Local 4 News -- June 19, 2021

Police continue search for suspect in shooting that killed 2-year-old on I-75 in Detroit

The shooting death of a 2-year-old boy on Interstate 75 in Detroit has detectives from multiple agencies searching for the killer.

Detroit Interim Police Chief James White is calling for a summit with fellow leaders to tackle the increasing violence on the roads.

Brison Christian was shot and killed Thursday night and his 9-year-old brother was injured.


Juneteenth Jubilee Stroll celebrates Detroit’s Black-owned businesses

The Juneteenth celebration kicks off with a stroll in Detroit along the Avenue of Fashion on Livernois, taking you through 46 Black-owned businesses offering discounts.

Several businesses are taking part in the Juneteenth Jubilee Stroll happening Saturday.

Dozens of Black-owned businesses are opening their doors to provide not only great sales, but an education about the day with music and artistry.

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Tropical Storm Claudette brings rain, floods to Gulf Coast

A weekend that was supposed to be filled with celebrations of Juneteenth and Father’s Day has turned dreary in coastal Louisiana and Mississippi, where Tropical Storm Claudette has brought wind, heavy rain and flooding to a region where some have sandbags still left over from last year’s record-breaking hurricane season.

Claudette formed Saturday morning along the Gulf Coast, about 45 miles (75 kilometers) southwest of New Orleans, the National Hurricane Center announced in a 4 a.m. advisory.


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⛈️ Weather: Warm with afternoon showers, storms possible

Metro Detroit weather: Storms in Saturday's forecast
Metro Detroit weather: Storms in Saturday's forecast

COVID in Michigan 💉

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 893,164 as of Friday, including 19,612 deaths, state officials report.

Friday’s update includes a total of 162 new cases and 14 additional deaths. On Thursday, the state reported 893,002 total cases, including 19,598 deaths

Testing has been steady around 20,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate below 1.5% as of Thursday, the lowest on record. Hospitalizations have declined over the last several weeks, now at the lowest point since July 2020.

NOTE: State of Michigan COVID data is no longer being updated on Saturday/Sunday. The next web update will occur on Monday, June 21.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 176 on Friday -- the lowest since June 2020. The 7-day death average was 17 on Friday, the lowest since March. The state’s fatality rate is 2.2%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 21,600 on Friday.

Michigan has reported more than 8.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Thursday, with 60.8% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 52.5% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

Here’s a look at more of the data:


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Natasha Dado is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit.