Police say parking dispute ended with mass shooting at Detroit birthday party, killing 2

Posted at 1:45 PM, Aug 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-01 13:49:30-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit police believe a parking dispute led to a man opening fire on a birthday party at his neighbor's home, killing two and injuring six.

The shooting happened on Coyle near Plymouth on the city's west side around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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The police say the suspect opened fire on the party from the first and second floors of his home.

Detroit Police Chief James White says 11 weapons were recovered, strategically placed around his home. Police say the suspect, who is in his 30s and has a military background, was immediately taken into custody.

Of the eight people who were shot, a 39-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man reportedly died from their injuries. The youngest victim in the group is 19 years old, according to police. 

"No one needs to live like this, our community deserves better, and we must do better for our community’s safety and our own safety," said DPD Chief James White during a press conference, addressing the rash of violence over the past 72 hours. 

Neighbors on Coyle St. are in shock after the shooting.

"It sounded like we was in World War III," one neighbor said.

Witnesses recall hearing dozens of shots being fired.

Neighbors describe the suspect as someone who typically keeps to himself and is hard to get along with.

"I've been having problems with him since I've been here and he told me he was going to kill my whole family for no reason," one neighbor said.

"Me and him got into it a few times. He always got this anger," another said.