More than 170 shot in Detroit in bloody August; 30 dead

Police_DetroitIt was a hot, bloody August in Detroit.

By month’s end, more than 170 people were shot, 30 of them fatally.

The victims ranged in age from 1 to 73.
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Among them was a teenager killed over a $2 bet on the east side. A 12-year-old boy was struck by one of many bullets that tore through his home shortly before bedtime. A 27-year-old woman was shot on the west-over her Chevy Impala.

New Police Chief James Craig is trying to curb gun violence by deploying specialized units to crime-ridden neighborhoods, but it could take more than a year to accurately gauge its success.

With about 215 murders so far this year, Detroit is on pace to eclipse homicides in each of the past three years in spite of a declining population.

At this rate, Detroit is on track to trail only Chicago among major cities with the most shootings and homicides.

An analysis of shooting records shows more than two-thirds of the shooting victims in August were black males between the ages of 14 and 34. About 94% of the victims were male.

Violence continues to break out on the west side, where shootings were twice as common as they were on the east side. There was a cluster of 18 shootings along the Lodge between 7 Mile and the Davison Freeway. The area of W. Warren, Greenfield, Joy and Evergreen also saw an outbreak of gun violence.

The east side, once considered the more dangerous part of the city, is shedding its population faster than its counterpart. It’s not uncommon to see entire blocks with no occupied houses.
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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.