Detroit police ID teenage person of interest in shooting death of 15-year-old

Detroit police released surveillance video of teen’s last moments in hopes of finding person of interest

The pain Tasneen Sherrod is feeling is unbearable. Sherrod is the mother of teen Robert Harris who was gunned down last Friday (Jan. 7) at a gas station on east 7 Mile.

DETROIT – The pain Tasneen Sherrod is feeling is unbearable. Sherrod is the mother of teen Robert Harris who was gunned down last Friday (Jan. 7) at a gas station on east 7 Mile.

Local 4 spoke to the mother days after her 15-year old son took his last breath.

“That was my baby that was 15-years-old,” Sherrod said. “He wasn’t nothing like that. He was sweet. He was kind. He was well mannered.”

Read: Detroit police want help identifying man accused of shooting, killing 15-year-old boy

Detroit police released surveillance video of Harris’s last moments in hopes of finding the person of interest, now identified as 16-year-old Mekhi Green.

“This person was focused on killing this 15-year-old. The gun jammed. After the shooting, he racked it, and it jammed,” said Chief White during a press conference earlier in the day.

White says the two were supposedly meeting to settle a social media beef when a gun was brought into the fight. But Sherrod says that’s not true.

“No, my son never went to no gas station to fight nobody. He went to get snacks,” Sherrod said.

Instead, she says her son was targeted by a group of boys who were his so-called friends at one point. Apparently, she’s had trouble with them before.

“These boys, they done been in my house before,” Sherrod said. “Every last one of them. This was senseless. And that boy, I don’t care what nobody say; you were a coward. You ain’t even try to fight.”

In the meantime, the search for the 16-year-old continues. If you know the whereabouts of Green, Detroit police want to hear from you.

Those wanting to help the Harris family during this rough time can click here.


About the Authors:

Victor Williams joined Local 4 News in October of 2019 after working for WOIO in Cleveland, OH, WLOX News in Biloxi, MS, and WBBJ in Jackson, TN. Victor developed a love for journalism after realizing he was a great speaker and writer at an early age.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.