Morning Briefing Oct. 3, 2021: Detroit home shot up with family inside, FBI investigates U-M shooting threat, new CDC guidance on celebrating holidays safely

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Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021 morning newscast

Detroit father wants answers after house shot up as family slept inside

A father wants to know who shot up his Detroit home while the entire family was inside.

“About 2:15 a.m. we heard loud bangs. It sounded like a loud pan banging and I said, ‘What was that?’ I got up and turned on the light upstairs and there was just a lot of smoke,” said Reginald Williams.

That is what Williams, his wife and their four children woke up to on Saturday morning. Williams is a school bus driver in Pontiac. He quickly realized something was wrong.

“I looked around and I saw my house had been victimized by gun violence by someone shooting my house,” said Williams.

Local 4 cameras captured several bullet holes within his home on Detroit’s west side. There were also markings in his son’s room.


FBI identifies, locates suspect believed responsible for University of Michigan shooting threat

The FBI identified and interviewed a person suspected of posting a threat directed at women on the University of Michigan campus.

The threat caught the attention of Michigan State Police and campus authorities Saturday afternoon. In the threat the person detailed alleged plans to shoot every woman they see Monday.

According to the University, the FBI identified an out-of-state home Saturday afternoon, from which the the threat was posted and agents interviewed a resident there, who they believe to be responsible for the threat.

The University of Michigan said there is no evidence to indicate any potential harm to the community currently.

Read: University of Michigan police investigate online shooting threat targeting women on Ann Arbor campus


CDC issues new guidance on how to celebrate upcoming holidays safely amid pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance on how to celebrate safely during the holidays.

First, they say make sure you are fully vaccinated if eligible. The CDC also recommends hosting a video chat party as opposed to an in-person gathering.

But if you are attending a gathering at another home outdoor parties are always safer than indoor ones.

They say generally you don’t need your mask at outdoor celebrations. You should always wear a mask at indoor public places and indoor parties.

If you are hosting a party indoors, try opening a window and letting some fresh air in. You can even use a fan to blow air out of the window so that more air comes in through open windows. And as always, if you aren’t feeling well, stay home.

For more information on holiday recommendations from the CDC, click here.


Bomb targets mosque in Kabul, ‘a number of civilians’ dead

A bomb exploded in the entrance of a mosque in the Afghan capital on Sunday leaving a “number of civilians dead,” a Taliban spokesman said.

The bomb targeted the sprawling Eidgah Mosque in Kabul, where a memorial service was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, who later tweeted the attack had claimed civilian lives.

Taliban fighters were not been harmed in the attack, Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi told the Associated Press. Those killed in the attack were civilians outside the mosque gate. He did not provide a figure for the number killed and said an investigation was ongoing.

Emergency NGO, an Italian-funded hospital in Kabul, tweeted it had received four people wounded in the blast.

Weather: Mild Sunday with rain showers

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COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 8,058 new cases of COVID-19 and 79 virus-related deaths Friday -- an average of 4,029 cases over a two-day period.

Of the 79 deaths announced Friday, 42 were identified during a review of records.

Friday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,030,633, including 21,077 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,022,575 cases and 20,998 deaths, as of Wednesday.

Testing has increased to around 30,000 diagnostic tests reported per day on average, with the 7-day positive rate at 9.47% as of Friday, slightly lower than the previous week due to the increasing test volume. Hospitalizations have been steadily increasing for several weeks.

The state’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 3,223 on Friday -- the highest it has been since early May. The 7-day death average was 32 on Friday. The state’s fatality rate is 2.1%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 77,100 on Monday.

Michigan has reported more than 9.9 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered as of Wednesday, with 67.8% of 16+ residents having received at least one dose while 59.1% of 16+ residents are considered fully vaccinated.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 43 million cases have been reported in the U.S., with more than 693,000 deaths reported from the virus. Globally, more than 6 billion vaccine doses have been administered, including more than 389 million doses in the U.S. alone.

Michigan COVID: Here’s what to know Oct. 3, 2021

🦠 63 new Michigan COVID facts -- Hospital metrics, new variant category, slowed increase in spread

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Natasha Dado is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit.