Noel Night parties in Midtown Detroit were interrupted by gunfire Saturday when police said four teenagers were killed outside the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Detroit Police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood says a 14-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were injured and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. A fourth victim, a 19-year-old man, was taken to the hospital. The shooting occurred around 7:40 p.m. near Farnsworth Street and John R Street.
Police had not found the suspect in the shooting at 10:20 p.m., but described him as a light-skinned black man who had been wearing tan pants.
Visitors to the annual music, art and culture event took to the social networks to describe the chaos surrounding the IAD and the early end of the festivities, as some places were evacuated. Wayne State University tweeted that the event had been closed prematurely due to the shooting.
A woman who was out of the DIA after the shooting said she saw officers running through it and into the building:
I'm safe, everyone I'm with is safe, but shocked. People panic and crazy traffic. I left the area and relaxed with pets and whiskey. pic.twitter.com/aLpR6znvfp
– Jen Horne (@kitchenhawk) December 3, 2017
– Detroit Metro Times (@metrotimes) December 3, 2017
Noel Night draws thousands of people to Midtown on a Saturday In early December of each year such places as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum and the Detroit Historical Museum open their doors to the public, free of charge.