Recently, 22 random shootings have taken place along and near the I-96 corridor in Metro Detroit; as of yet, police have not been able to apprehend the gunman, but have tied seven of the bullet fragments to a single weapon, according to Oakland County Undersheriff Mike McCabe.
Thankfully none of the victims have been injured to date. Even though seven of the (bullet) fragments have been identified as belonging to the same gun, what type of gun that is cannot yet be confirmed due to lack of evidence. Police did recover a 9mm bullet casing in Perry, where a single incident occurred.
On Sunday October 21, a release was issued by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department listing the vicinities of the shootings that have taken place in Ingham, Livingston, Oakland and Shiawassee counties, and the police/sheriff departments that have been involved in investigations:
Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, 7 incidents
Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, 1 incident
Oakland County Sheriff’s Office (Commerce Township), 2 incidents
Perry Police Department, 1 incident
Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office, 1 incident
Wixom Police Department, 10 incidents
On Tuesday October 23, the number of incidents was updated to 27 according to a report by the Lansing State Journal.
After the 48-hour barrage of shootings last week, the gunman went silent. Police believe that the shooter is in his 20s or 30s, and that he is randomly firing on both pedestrians and motorists near the Interstate 96 corridor along a span that stretches from Ingham County to Metro Detroit.
Understandably, commuters who travel this route are fearful, and have rerouted their travels. School districts in the area have cancelled outdoor recess and locked down campuses. One victim in Ingham County gave a description of the shooter and his vehicle; police were able to release a sketch of the suspect based on that information, and believe he is driving a 1998 Toyota Camry or 1998 Oldsmobile Alero that is dark in color.
Michigan criminal defense attorneys know that once the suspect is apprehended, he will likely face very serious consequences. Is he a felon with a previous criminal record? What if the bullets that have been fired had struck pedestrians or motorists along the I-96 corridor, perhaps injuring or even killing them?
Individuals who have been arrested for any serious criminal offense including possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, even attempted murder or homicide must secure the skill and guidance of a seasoned Michigan criminal defense lawyer.