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More than 125 shootings in June, victims ages 11-82

Red: Fatal · Blue: Non-fatal · Yellow: Critical condition

Shortly after midnight last month, bullets sprayed through a northeast Detroit home, striking three girls, ages 11, 13 and 23.

A week later, an 82-year-old man was shot while stopped at a red light.

And a 27-year-old man at a prayer vigil to end the bloodshed was gunned down and killed.

In all, more than 125 people were shot in June in Detroit, incident reports show. At least 13 of those shootings were fatal.

No area of the city was spared, including downtown, but shootings on the west side continue to increase. Seven people were shot in 48206, a small chunk of Detroit just southwest of Highland Park.

More than 90% of the shooting victims were male. The average age was 30.

So far this year, more than 700 people have been shot, a 2% increase over last year.

June also marks the last month before new Police Chief James Craig took over the beleaguered department.

To see our analysis of May shootings, click here.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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  • chris

    Any hood in detroit that has houses crammed together by the hundreds is where the danger lies.

  • Dave Armstrong

    It should be noted that 48227, 48228 and 48235 are Detroit’s zip codes with the highest population——–so it is not unexpected that they would have the most shootings.

  • bebow

    “Shootings are up, but homicides are down,” as if each blue and yellow dot weren’t nonfatal only by chance and countless dead bodies weren’t awaiting discovery in and around the thousands of blighted, abandoned criminal hidey-holes. How many people were reported missing in Detroit during June? On a monthly basis, what’s the average number of people reported missing who never surface again?