DETROIT – An 8-year-old girl was hospitalized Saturday night following a drive-by shooting on Detroit’s east side.
According to officials, the shooting occurred around 8:35 p.m. in the area of Evanston Street and Somerset Avenue, near I-94.
Detroit police said the girl was inside a car with her family when another car pulled up to them and started shooting at them. Police reportedly counted at least 30 shell casings across the entire crime scene.
Authorities are trying to figure out if the car was the intended target, or if the family was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Unfortunately, we’re in this all-time violence of guns, kind of a wild west out here. When I say multiple casings, I see handgun rounds and what could be rifle rounds, even though they could be fired from a handgun,” Detroit police Cmdr. Eric Decker said. “We need the public’s help. We need to take these guys who are running around shooting guns off the street, and that comes from the police and the public working together.”
Police said they need the public’s help to identify the suspect, who was driving a four-door dark burgundy Cadillac.
The 8-year-old girl was taken to the hospital. Police said she’s in temporary serious condition.
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