Detroit Mass Shooting: What We Know

A mass shooting at a block party in Detroit early Sunday morning has left at least two people dead and 18 wounded, with multiple victims hospitalized, according to local news reports.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. ET on Sunday morning on Rossini Drive near Gratiot in northeastern Detroit, The Detroit News reported. That neighborhood, situated in the 48205 ZIP code, is referred to as the “Red Zone” by the Seven Mile Bloods Street Gang and is known as one of the area’s most dangerous.

Police reportedly informed ClickOnDetroit, a digital affiliate of NBC News’ local station WBIV-TV, that 18 people were injured in the shooting, with victims ranging in age from 17 to 28 years old. According to police, the two deceased were identified as a 20-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man. The suspect, a 22-year-old man, was shot in the leg and is currently in custody at the hospital.

Police have said that multiple people are in surgery, according to Fox32 Chicago.

Newsweek hasn’t been able to independently confirm this information as of early Sunday afternoon. Newsweek has filed an online media request form with the Detroit Police Department and left a phone message for the department on Sunday morning. It also reached out via email to the public information officer for the Michigan State Police on Sunday morning.

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Police investigate the scene of a shooting at the Brooklands Plaza Splash Pad on June 15 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. A mass shooting at a block party in Detroit early Sunday morning has left at…

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Sunday’s deadly shooting comes less than a month after 20 people were shot in three separate mass shootings in the larger Detroit metro area.

On June 15, nine people were shot at a Rochester Hills splash pad, with victims ranging in age from 4 to 78 years old. An 8-year-old boy was critically wounded by a gunshot to the head. The last victim was released from the hospital on Friday. The shooter, who reportedly fired 28 times, shot and killed himself.

“The problem is the normalcy of these shootings,” Detroit Police Commissioner Ricardo Moore told The Detroit News after news of Sunday morning’s shooting.

While there is no singular consensus on what constitutes a “mass shooting,” the nonprofit organization Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks nationwide incidents, defines it as “a minimum of four victims shot, either injured or killed, not including any shooter who may also have been killed or injured in the incident.”

As of July 5, there have been 277 mass shootings in the United States, according to GVA. The group’s latest data shows over 8,781 people have died from gun violence incidents across the country this year.

“Come January 1, the police will say crime is down and then we’ll start all over again. Funeral homes, hospitals and florist are the only people who profit from Detroit crime,” Moore told The Detroit News.

This is a developing story and will be updated with additional information.