Detroit Evening Report: Chief White shares details about violent weekend that left 9 shot in Detroit

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Detroit Police Chief James White speaks at a press conference discussing summer policing strategies for the city.

Detroit Police Chief James White speaks at a press conference discussing summer policing strategies for the city on May 24, 2023.

The Detroit Police Department is dealing with the aftermath of a violent weekend, with four people shot during a late-night party in northwest Detroit and five others shot in an unrelated incident on the city’s west side.

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Detroit Police Chief James White shared details about the shootings during a press conference on Monday. At the press conference, White played an excerpt of the police dispatcher, which said approximately 100 shots were fired at the house party.

So that’s what the officers encountered when they got there,” he said. “There were well over 100 people at this location. We know that four of them were shot. The investigation is very complex — 93 shell casings that we’re running through NIBIN to see the connectivity of those shell casings; eight guns, two of which — one had a switch, one was stolen — So there’s a lot of work to be done.”

NIBIN is the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network.  The investigation into that shooting continues.

In a different incident early Saturday morning, five people were shot on Detroit’s west side. All of those victims are expected to survive. 

Chief White says the number of shootings typically rises in the summer months, but this level of violence is unacceptable.  The police department is collaborating with the U.S. attorney’s office, Mayor Mike Duggan’s office and community partners on the One Detroit Summer Surge initiative, which works to prevent violence in the 8th and 9th precincts. 

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  • Jerome Vaughn
    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.