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Michigan State Police are stepping up patrols on Detroit freeways in the wake of three separate shootings in the city Thursday morning.

Police now believe the same suspect was involved in all three incidents.

The first shooting happened at about 2:57 a.m. on westbound I-96 near the Davison Freeway, and the other was at about 3:04 a.m. on westbound I-94 near Conner, according to Michigan State Police. 

And this Thursday afternoon, a Detroit man came to the Metro South post to report that his vehicle was shot at on I-96 and Livernois at approximately the same time as the I-96 and Davidson shooting.

The man was not injured.

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Police said a bullet hole was located in the victim’s vehicle and the bullet was recovered. All of the evidence collected has been sent to the agency’s crime lab for comparison.

“At this time there is no relationship between any of the victims, however with the locations of these shootings and the updated timelines detectives are treating all three incidents having the same suspect(s). A gray or silver sedan was seen at two of the three incidents,” police said in a statement.

A Chesterfield man driving to work was shot in the leg on I-94, and he has since been released from the hospital. A male motorist from Northville was driving home from work on I-96 when his vehicle was struck with bullet — possibly from a 2010 silver Chevrolet Impala —but he was not injured. Police recovered shell casings and other evidence from the I-96 scene, but no evidence was found in the I-94 shooting, police said in a news release.

The agency said it is redeploying personnel to the Detroit freeway system as a precaution and extra patrols are being called in to augment regularly scheduled patrols.

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to call Michigan State Police at 313-237-2450. 

 

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