Nine wounded in Detroit fireworks show shooting
Thursday, June 24, 2004
DETROIT, Michigan (AP) -- A gunman opened fire into a crowd that had gathered downtown to watch the city's annual fireworks display, wounding nine people and forcing hundreds of revelers to scatter.
Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings said early Thursday that the shooting apparently occurred after an argument and that innocent people were caught in the crossfire.
"This is what happens when you don't know how to resolve conflicts without violence," Bully-Cummings said. "We are following up with witnesses now, trying to understand what happened."
Bully-Cummings said investigators recovered a handgun used in Wednesday's shooting at the Hart Plaza area and had a good description of the suspect.
One of the victims, a 22-year-old man, was in critical condition with a bullet wound to his heart. The conditions of the other victims wasn't immediately known.
At the site of the shooting, yellow police tape was used to cordon off the scene. Inside the area, a bike, backpacks, coolers and blankets were scattered about.
Hundreds of thousands of people packed into downtown and along the Detroit River that runs between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, to watch the display, a summertime tradition that celebrates the bonds between the cities.
One witness won't return. Andrea Bobo, 23, of Detroit, said she was about 30 feet from where the shooting took place and had seen several fights in the area before the fireworks display.
"I don't think I will ever come back again," Bobo said.
During the 1991 fireworks display, a white woman was assaulted and five black women pleaded no contest to charges, further straining race relations in the city.
So I just have to point out that the last significant incident happened over 10 years ago. And people still remember it and hold it against the city. Now this has happened and it was an otherwise good night for the city and an estimated one million people were at Hart Plaza for the fireworks having a good time. But what do you think people will remember? Some idiot with a gun.