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But back to the June 26 firework celebration, honoring Independence Day.
Spontaneous Blackness broke out in the 83 percent black city, as the fireworks display was marred by multiple shootings. But don't worry: the violence notwithstanding, police considered the event a "success"...
2 shootings injure 3 during Detroit fireworks, The Detroit News, June 27, 2017How in the world can you qualify an event a "success" when attendees were shot and injured?
Two shootings that injured three people were reported Monday night during the Detroit fireworks show, police said — marring what authorities called a "good time" during the annual display of pyrotechnics and goodwill.
A 47-year-old woman downtown for the show was shot at Woodward and Jefferson in the Spirit of Detroit esplanade, where people had gathered at the newly opened plaza to watch the fireworks, police said. Two people, including one adult, are in custody in that shooting and a weapon was recovered, police said.
The woman was taken to Henry Ford Hospital. Police said she was listed in serious condition late Monday.
She was with family members when the shooting occurred about 9:54 p.m., a minute before the fireworks began, police said. Police said she was "an innocent bystander."
"The fireworks is what we 'd call a success but we had a few knuckleheads out here that wanted to argue," said Detroit Police Assistant Chief Arnold Williams. "And having that argument caused a lot of people a lot of pain."
The shooting started "a small stampede," Williams said, as fireworks spectators rushed for safety after they heard shots. Additional officers in the Spirit of Detroit Plaza "were able to secure the scene" quickly, Williams said.
Perhaps police had forecasted five shootings, so falling under this number was the determining factor in calling the 2017 Independence Day fireworks celebration in 83 percent black Detroit a "success"...
Just so you know, as Dan Gilbert has enlisted a private security force and network of security cameras to give off the illusion downtown Detroit is safe, the 83 percent black city unleashed an army of police to try and keep peace at the 2017 fireworks display and it still wasn't enough.
Despite shooting near Spirit of Detroit, fireworks a 'success,' chief says, Michigan Live, June 27, 2017
Despite a shooting that injured an innocent bystander, Detroit Police Chief James Craig on Tuesday called the 2017 annual fireworks "overall a success."
There were three arrests during the show this year, compared to about 20 in 2016, the chief said.
Detroit police on Monday night said a man and juvenile were arrested, but neither is believed to have fired the gun that struck a woman in her 40s in the hip. The victim was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
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The male suspect was released after being investigated and the juvenile was held on a curfew violation, Craig said Tuesday.Lowering expectations of how individuals should collectively act and behave is the hallmark of a racial group unsuited for participating in western civilization and incapable of sustaining the civilization white people built long ago in Detroit, only to abandon...
A gun was recovered, but Craig said there's not conclusive evidence it was the gun used in the shooting.
"This certainly doesn't send the message at all that downtown is an unsafe place," Craig said. " ... Whenever there is a shooting incident, it does create fear; that's not in dispute, but overall, when you look at the number of large events we have ... sometimes that results in problems."
Craig noted that overall violent crime this year is down 7 percent and nonfatal shootings 9 percent citywide, compared to 2016.
There were 874 Detroit police and 150 additional officers from other agencies patrolling during the fireworks show and response to the shooting was immediate.
The gunfire began after an argument between "two groups of young people" outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center and the Spirit of Detroit statue near Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, Craig said.
A woman who was in the area to watch the fireworks was shot in the hip and is expected to survive her injuries.
A large number of people were seen running from the area of the statue after gunfire was heard just before the fireworks were scheduled to begin.
Police on horses and others in riot gear quickly converged on the area and cordoned off the area with crime scene tape.
The fireworks proceeded despite the violent interruption.