Suspected Gunman Wanted After Terrifying School Prom Group Shooting in Detroit

Suspected Gunman Wanted After Terrifying School Prom Group Shooting in Detroit
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Richard Szabo

Authorities are looking for a gunman who fired bullets at a group of students who were on their way to a school prom in Detroit on May 31.

Detroit Police Department are searching for a man in his 40s who allegedly approached and opened fire on the high school students who were celebrating the end of the academic year around 7 p.m. local time at the 2900 block of Doris Street near the University District.

The Detroit News understands the students stopped to take a group photo when the man allegedly came outside and voiced his objection to the group loitering outside of his home.

The suspect revealed a handgun and fired several shots, one of which injured one of the students. The man was then accused of fleeing the scene in either a blue or gray Hyundai vehicle.

Police describe the suspect as about 40 years old, 6 feet tall, and of a stocky build. He was also wearing eyeglasses, a baseball cap, and braids.

The 18-year-old victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is in a serious condition, police said.

The Detroit Police Department is appealing to anyone with information to contact them on 313 596 2200. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Michigan by phoning 1 800 77325 87 (SPEAK-UP).

Therapy Dogs Commended for Comforting Shooting Victims

A group of therapy dogs have been recognized for their help in supporting the students at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School following the 2018 Parkland shooting.
The team of 14 therapy dogs provided comfort in the immediate aftermath of the Feb. 14, 2018, Parkland attack that claimed the lives of 17, when students returned to school just over a week after. Some of the dogs also went along with the teens to their proms as a comforting friend.

Due to popular demand, the dogs returned to the school again for the 2018-2019 academic year to be honored with their very own section in the school’s latest yearbook.

On the special page for the dogs, the school’s 2019 Aerie yearbook features Schooner Davis in a bow tie, Gail Policella, Sophie Levy, Annie Sultenfuss, River Haneski, Grace Goodwill, also known as “therapydogprincess,” and others.

The team at the high school’s yearbook gave the group of 14 dogs two rows after the last page of student photos.

Editor-in-chief Caitlynn Tibbetts and adviser Sarah Lerner of the Aerie Yearbook team said they wanted the yearbook to represent the school in a positive light following the horrific massacre.

Richard Szabo is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years' experience in news writing at mainstream and niche media organizations. He has a specialty in business, tourism, hospitality, and healthcare reporting.
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