Crime rampant in Detroit over weekend

Detroit sees 17 shootings, 1 stabbing, 8 robberies, 3 murders in 1 weekend

By Hank Winchester - Reporter

DETROIT - There have been 17 shootings, one stabbing, eight robberies and three people have been killed since Friday in Detroit.

Ordell Hurst, 83, was among the robbery victims. He was struck in the head Sunday afternoon and thrown to the ground moments after withdrawing money from an ATM on the city's west side. He will be OK.

"He hit me right up here somewhere," Hurst said pointing to his shoulder. "He knocked me down, and it was just like somebody planned all of it."

Before Hurst, who is a decorated veteran, could get to his feet the attacker was long gone.

"He went in my pocket, got the money, and the last time I saw him he was going between the bank and the building," said Hurst.

Hurst is one of nearly 30 people who were either robbed, shot or attacked this past weekend in Detroit. The crime was widespread and the nice weather is a possible factor.

Retired Detroit police detective Tom Berry says with fewer police officers on the streets, tips from the public are crucial.

"During the warmer weather we always have a lot more gang activity. Why? Because it's warmer out and they can congregate more," Berry said.

Now that the weather is warmer, community groups are gearing up to help police patrol the city.

"We need the citizens to tell us who is doing the crimes, and it seems like that doesn't happen anymore," said Berry.

Some people saw Hurst's attacker and are providing a description to police.

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