YPSILANTI TWP., MI – Two men were arrested Thursday after police spotted a suspect vehicle fleeing the scene of the fourth drive-by shooting in three days at an Ypsilanti Township home, police said.
The men, a 19-year-old from Ypsilanti, and a 20-year-old from Ypsilanti Township, were arrested Sept. 3, by police responding to the shooting in the 1000 block of Foley Avenue, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office.
This was the fourth time this week police had been called to the area for a shooting, all of which appeared to be targeting one home, police said.
“To the residents of Foley and the surrounding area, we understand how difficult the last week has been and we thank you for your help and vigilance in working to keep your neighborhood safe,” Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton said in a written statement.
“Our staff has worked tirelessly to solve, arrest, and bring to justice those responsible for terrorizing our community. Although we are happy to report the arrests made Thursday evening, we understand that there is still much more to be done.”
Police were first called to Foley Avenue at 5:33 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, for a report of shots fired with several vehicles being seen fleeing the area, police said. There were no injuries reported and police said they were unable to locate any suspects.
At 9:23 p.m. the same day, police were called back to the area for another report of shots fired. This time they found the targeted home and a neighboring residence hit by gunfire, but still no injuries, police said.
Officers were called back to the area again at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, where they found a 19 year-old shooting victim with a wound to the leg that was not life-threatening, police said. The victim was sitting on the front porch of the targeted home when the drive-by shooting began, police said.
Officers were called to the home for a fourth time at 9:18 p.m. Thursday, for another drive-by shooting, but this time deputies were able to identify the suspects’ vehicle, which was fleeing the scene, police said.
The two men were arrested after deputies stopped the vehicle and were taken to the Washtenaw County Jail to await charges, police said. They are expected to be arraigned sometime this weekend.
While these shooting incidents are still under investigation, it’s believed they may be related to the July 26, 2019 shooting death of Andrea Smith during a pool party at the Acclaim at Ford Lake apartment complex, police said.
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Smith, 22, of Ypsilanti Township, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said.
Shots were exchanged between multiple subjects at the party and Smith was the only one struck, police said. Police said they believe the pool party shooting was spurred by “an ongoing beef” between two groups at the party.
Many residents in the area have been hesitant to speak with police about these incidents, fearing retaliation, police said. Anyone with information related to any of these shootings is asked to contact the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office confidential tip line at 734-973-7711.
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