Police search for clues after string of killings in Sterling Heights

3 people murdered in separate shootings

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - The Sterling Heights Police Department is trying to solve three fatal shootings that happened over the past few weeks.

It's an unusual string of events that has caused community leaders to come forward to try to ease the community's concern.

Police said they don't have any leads, but they also don't want to jeopardize the investigation by releasing too much information to the public. They said they're doing everything they can to solve the crimes.

"Our detective bureau is working around the clock to solve these homicides," Sterling Heights Police Lt. Mario Bastianelli.

Bastianelli said the most recent incident happened at the Parkside Apartments near Utica Road and Van Dyke this past weekend. When police arrived at the scene, they found Kiah Hopson, 24, shot and killed.

"So far on this recent homicide, it's an ongoing investigation," Bastianelli said.

The week before, two family members were killed at Laith's Candy Land just days apart. Sufian Saba, 51, was found shot to death inside the business. His nephew, Laith Anki, 27, who was the owner of the business, was gunned down inside shortly after. It left the family terrified.

No one has been caught for any of the shootings. Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor said it's shocking for the community.

"It's so rare for this to happen," Taylor said. "We haven't had a homicide in 2017. Back-to-back is shocking and saddening for the families."

Sterling Heights police are following every lead, trying to find out who the suspects are and if there were any witnesses who might have information.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sterling Heights police at 586-446-2800.

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