DETROIT – Police are searching for three persons of interest believed to be responsible for shooting a 9-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman Monday afternoon inside an abandoned Detroit business.
At about 5:41 p.m. on Monday, March 27, a 9-year-old boy and his father were hanging out inside of an abandoned hookah lounge on Gratiot Avenue near East State Fair Avenue, Detroit police said. There were others inside the abandoned space, as well, including the 27-year-old woman.
Three teenagers came around the corner, went inside the building and engaged in gunfire, police said. Only one of the teens is believed to have fired shots. It is unclear if the people hanging out inside the building also fired any shots.
The 9-year-old boy was shot in the stomach once, but possibly twice, officials said. The 27-year-old woman was also reportedly struck by a bullet in the hip area.
It is unknown if the woman is related to the boy or his father in any way. Both the boy and the woman were taken to hospitals, separately, after the shooting.
Investigators are still unsure what exactly led to the shooting.
Detroit police are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate the three persons of interest involved in the shooting. All three of them were captured on camera at a business across the street before the shooting.
Photos of the persons of interest can be found below. Footage from the scene can be found in the video player above.
Anyone with information can call Detroit police at 313-596-5940, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Speak Up.
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