Police claimed there was no relationship between the unrelated victims, and the defendant, 19, who was in arrest.
DEARBORN — After a string of random gunshots on Monday that left three people dead and one injured, police announced they had a suspect in custody.
According to Detroit Police Chief James E. White, the 19-year-old suspect, whose name was withheld, may have had a mental illness but had no criminal record.
On Sunday, according to police, the suspect opened fire at random on bystanders in at least four different locations.
White stated that as of right now, "we believe this to be a random act," adding that it didn't seem the shootings were connected.
To solicit information from the public, police released a security footage image of a young adult wearing all black apparel, including a hoodie.
A single mother of five who was waiting for a ride on Sunday was among the victims. Lari Brisco intended to relocate this week to a neighborhood nearer to the location of her employment as a medical assistant at an allergy clinic.
"Hometown gun violence is never something you anticipate. Until it happens, you never hear about shootings involving people you know, according to her supervisor, Dr. Kathleen Dass.
Northwest of the city's center, in a neighborhood off West Seven Mile Road, there have been reports of gun violence since 4:45 a.m., according to police. The suspect approached a 28-year-old man and started firing multiple times. The victim did not survive when the perpetrator left the scene and later returned, according to Police Cmdr. Michael McGinnis.
A witness informed police about a second victim about three streets distant about 30 minutes later, he claimed. A woman in her 40s who had been wounded was discovered with gunshot wounds on the sidewalk.
Congregants who arrived for the 9 a.m. services observed yellow police tape and an investigative scene, but they didn't participate, according to Bishop Alfonzo Smith, who oversees the neighboring Redeemed Christian Fellowship Ministries International.
Around 2 p.m., Smith's police officer son called his mother to advise her to immediately leave the area because there was an active shooter.
“OMG! This is too personal, Smith says he was thinking at the time. "You hear about 'random shooting,' but when it happens this close, wow, it neighboringnocks you for a loop. Someone is lurking in the neighborhood, and it becomes a reality.
Officers heard gunfire "to the east of them" in the Livernois neighborhood as they were looking into the shootings, according to police. Brisco, who police estimated to be in her 40s, was discovered at 6:50 am with several gunshot wounds less than a mile from the initial attacks.
The victim was waiting for a bus when she was shot by the perpetrator, who then went away before returning and firing again, according to the police.
After the man urged someone he thought was looking into car windows to leave the vehicles, police discovered that he had been shot close to neighbor Pennington Drive, south of Seven Mile Road, about 20 minutes later, according to White.
Around 7:10 a.m., the suspect shot the 80-year-old man in the leg while he was walking his dog, according to McGinnis.
Chris Smith, 36, heard gunshots before noticing his neighbor had been wounded in the thigh when he glanced out his window.
Smith said, "The gentleman got hit in the thigh, and then the dog got injured with shrapnel," before rushing outside to apply a tourniquet and inform his family.
According to Smith, the person was transferred to a hospital and lived.
After posting a photo of the suspect, police received a tip from "someone close to" him hours later, obtained a search warrant, and were able to apprehend him without further incident, according to McGinnis.
Police also discovered a 9 mm gun from the property where the suspect was apprehended and determined it had been used in all four shootings, they added.
The motivation was still unknown to the police.
White added during the news conference that "nothing should incite you to do anything this awful." "Easy access to a weapon is what we know," the speaker said.
Allie Gross, Mirna Alsharif, and Dennis Romero all contributed reporting from their respective home states of California and Detroit.