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Attendees at Noel Night Festival in downtown Detroit were sent into a frenzy after four shots fired. Police say three teenagers were injured in the shooting.
Detroit Free Press Staff

Police activity near the DAY at night Noel on December 2. 2017. (Photo: Christopher M. Bjornberg, Special for the Free Press)

A fourth victim has been reported by the police, which is investigating a shooting on Saturday night that took place during Noel Night in front of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

While the police previously reported three teen victims, two men aged 14 and 15 and a 17-year-old woman, the Detroit police sergeant Nicole Kirkwood says that an additional victim, a 19-year-old man, arrived at a hospital on his own, where he told the staff that he had been shot doing Noel Night.

He was grazed on the hand and leg, according to Kirkwood, who says that he, along with all the other victims, is currently in stable condition.

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While the circumstances surrounding the incident are still unknown, according to Kirkwood, a preliminary The investigation indicates that a dispute broke out Saturday night around 7:40 p.m. near Farnsworth Street and John R Street followed by multiple shots.

After the shooting, the streets near the DIA were blocked and a police helicopter with a light bulb surrounded the area; The campus of Wayne State University was closed.

In describing the incident, Detroit Police Chief James Craig told WXYZ-TV: "Some of them pushed, pushed and then fired, we had cops employed all over the place, they fired and they responded … respond and treat the victim One of the policemen actually transported the victim to the local hospital "

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"It's ridiculous … Why? What for?" Craig said. "Why is there a need to use a weapon? We're going to do everything we can to identify the shooter."

While no one has yet to be arrested, Kirkwood described the shooter as a man wearing tan pants. When asked what might have been the cause of the shooting, he said he had no more details, but the police are investigating.

For those who were on Noel's Night – or had their loved ones present – the shooting was a reminder of some of the very real struggles that the city of Detroit still faces when it comes to violence.

"I read about the shootings on Facebook and I knew that my mother and my daughter were on the DAY," journalist Margarita Barry told Free Press, explaining that she felt bad on Saturday and that her mother took her son from 5 years. to the festive meeting. "My mind jumped to the worst thoughts when I could not reach her for more than an hour, that was the scariest hour of my life."

In the end everyone was safe, with Barry's sister, Tanya Stephens, who was also with the 5-year-old boy, taking to social networks to explain what had happened.

"It's Detroit, we've been through worse times, we still had a fun time in Mocad and Nnamdi," he wrote, adding, "Next year, although I hope they have enough common sense to have a curfew for young people (There were as many children without chaperones as fireworks) and more lighting, I had the feeling that it had potential [sic] for chaos. "

For Barry, who lives in the Eye District of Detroit on the northwest side, the shooting, which took place in the city center, one of the most elegant districts of the city, returns to focus on a problem of violence Armed that is often debated when discussing Detroit's Return, and also, in his opinion, many cities in America.

"I live in a neighborhood that is no stranger to the sound of shooting in the middle of the night, although it's not normal, it's often enough for me to never let my guard down, regardless of the city I'm in," Barry wrote in a private message "It's a reminder of the violence that continues to plague not only Detroit but the United States, this is not just a matter of Detroit, this is a national problem that we should never normalize."

In the past 72 hours, three people were killed by firearms in the city of Detroit and seven people were injured, according to data from the Arms Violence Archive, which did not include the most recent victim Noel Night. in your account yet.

When asked about the incident by WDIV on Saturday night, Chief Craig emphasized that the shooting Noel Night should not alter perceptions about safety.

"Sometimes it's an incident like this that creates so much fear, but this should not be the incident that defines who we are," he said.

Contact Allie Gross: aegross@freepress.com. Editors Staff Tresa Baldas, Niraj Warikoo and other Free Press staff members contributed to this report.

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