The Detroit Gun Report: The “1 in 4” Edition

A new study finds that nationwide, 1 in 4 kids have been directly exposed to weapons violence. This number now includes the 9-year-old who watched his father shot to death last week in Detroit while waiting in a Wendy’s drive-thru and the 5-year-old in Charleston who was told to “play dead” to survive the heinous shooting during a Thursday night bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Here are the Detroit-area guns that made the news last week. Remember, this is never exhaustive: in Detroit, there have been on average 2.4 shootings a day in 2015. The city finishes up the first six months of the year with a homicide rate somewhat elevated – by 6% – as compared to last year’s.

June 17: A 14-year-old is charged in the shooting of his mother the week before.

June 16: Father and veteran DeAngelo Turner is shot to death inside a gas station on the Westside around 3 pm. His mother describes him as a “Christmas miracle”; family and friends search for the killer.

June 16: A man is found shot to death inside a parked van on a residential street near Hubbell and Fenkell on the Westside.

June 16: A disabled man named Clarence Cody is shot in the back of the head and killed. Unable to walk, Cody spent his days sitting in the same spot on Pinecrest Drive and came to be known as the “Mayor of Pinecrest.” He leaves behind an 18-year-old daughter and baby boy due in a month.

June 16: At 1:30 am a 22-year-old woman is shot in the leg while walking home. A passerby found her on the ground bleeding. Police are unsure of the circumstances; it does not appear to be a drive-by shooting.

June 12: A 29-year-old man is shot and killed while sitting in his SUV on Crescent Street in Detroit, holding a neighbor’s infant in his arms. Another neighbor fires at the suspect before he flees; it is unknown whether the suspect is wounded.

June 12: A Westland man is charged in the murder of Christopher Reed, a man in his late 20s who was killed while waiting in the drive-thru at Wendy’s with his two sons. One son was injured but survived.

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