Detroiters attack, shoot mentally ill homeless man asking for cigarette

Police_DetroitA homeless man was attacked by three men and shot several times in the back Saturday afternoon for asking for a cigarette on the city’s west side.

The suspects, who casually walked away after the attack, are on the loose.

The victim, a 38-year-old homeless man with mental problems, was listed in good condition and is expected to survive.

The victims are described as black males between 18 and 20 years old.

Citizens with information on this crime can call the Criminal Investigations at (313) 596-5240 or Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK- UP. Tups can be made online at or by texting your tips to CRIMES (274637).


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.