2 killed, 8 others wounded in shooting on Detroit's east side

10 people shot outside Al's Barber Shop on 7 Mile Road

Author: Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Online News Editor, @DaveBartko, dbartkowiak@wdiv.com
Published On: Nov 06 2013 06:46:34 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 06 2013 11:36:59 PM EST
Shooting Detroit east side 8 shot
DETROIT, Mich. -

Ten people, two of which were killed, were shot Wednesday evening outside a barber shop in the 5200 block of Seven Mile Road near Keystone Street on Detroit's east side.

The condition of all of the victims is not known at this time. WDIV-TV reports the shooter fired a few shots into Al's Barber Shop, waited for people to come out and then opened fire.

The road was blocked off as Detroit police cars swarmed the area. Detroit EMS rushed to the scene. Some victims were lying in the street.

"Suspects engaged a couple of victims. Several shots were fired. It's unknown if some of the victims fired back. Right now the information that we have is that nine people have been shot," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "Of that number, we have three confirmed, pronounced (dead) at the scene, one we're not sure of."

Detroit police later reported just two people were killed, not three as they originally reported. The 10th victim walked into Sinai-Grace Hospital later Wednesday night on the city's west side and said he had been wounded in the shooting outside the east side barber shop.

One person was taken to St. John's Hospital but not by Detroit EMS. The rest were transported by EMS.

"The ones that have survived have been transported to local hospitals," said Craig. "Our investigation is still very early and still continuing."

Craig said the suspects may be two black men.

"One vehicle described as a 2004 (Chevrolet) Impala, white in color possibly with a broken window, bullet holes in the rear and also a black Impala, secondary vehicle, same year -- 2004," said Chief Craig.

The chief said the barber shop is known to be a haven for gambling.

"We're not sure if this was over a bad debt, we have no idea," he said. "We know it's a barber shop and gambling has occurred in this location."