Detroit police: Suspect identified in shooting outside banquet hall that injured 5, killed 1

Chief says arrest imminent after targeted shooting outside Chalmers Banquet Hall

Detroit interim Police Chief James White speaks during a news conference July 13, 2021. (WDIV)

DETROIT – Interim police Chief James White held a news conference to provide an update on a fatal shooting that occurred outside a Detroit banquet hall early Tuesday morning.

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One person was killed and five people were injured in the shooting outside the Chalmers Banquet Hall on Detroit’s east side. Six people in total -- three men and three women -- were shot, and one of the men died.

White said during the news conference Tuesday afternoon a suspect has been identified and an arrest was expected to be made before the news conference was finished. He said this was not a random shooting, instead calling it a targeted shooting. Detectives also are reviewing surveillance video. They hope to learn about a motive once the suspect is in custody.

Police initially believed that the six people were targeted in a drive-by shooting outside of the banquet hall on Chalmers Street near East Outer Drive. However, investigation has led police to believe that it may have actually been a shootout. It remains under investigation.

Officials think there may have been about 100 people at the venue at the time of the incident. White later confirmed there were more than 100 people at the venue.

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