A 19-year-old gunman “terrorized” Detroit by randomly shooting four people, killing three of them — including a single mom of five who was due to move out of the area in days, officials said Monday.
The terrifying spree started when an unidentified 28-year-old man was gunned down in an “unprovoked” attack just before 5 a.m. Sunday, according to Detroit police.
However, there were no calls to 911 — even after the gunman returned to fire more shots at his first victim, police said.
“At 4:45 on a Sunday morning, not a lot of people are up. Some people might have thought they were hearing firecrackers,” Mayor Mike Duggan said at a press conference Monday.
“I think there’s a strong probability he expected to get caught,” the mayor said, speculating that the lack of police response may have instead emboldened him.
“And then 35 minutes later he shoots and kills a second individual and proceeds from there,” he said, killing “innocent people going about their lives on a Sunday morning.”
That second victim, a black woman in her 40s whom police have yet to be able to identify, was the first attack leading to 911 calls, police said.
As cops swarmed the area, they heard the third victim — later identified by her boss as mom of five Lari Brisco — getting shot dead a few blocks away, police said.
The victim “was waiting for a bus, when the assailant walked by her and then with no provocation turned around and fired multiple shots into her,” said Michael McGinnis, the major crimes commander.
Similar to the first attack, “he then stepped away, came back and fire more rounds into her,” McGinnis said.
More than an hour later, the lone survivor, an 80-year-old man, was shot in the leg a few blocks away while walking his dog, McGinnis said.
“Again unprovoked, the assailant just shot and struck him and his dog,” McGinnis said, praising neighbors rushing out to provide a tourniquet and get immediate medical help for the elderly man.
The dog was hit in the paw and rushed to a veterinarian, according to The Detroit News, which did not have an update on the pet’s condition.
Police quickly confirmed the same 9mm gun had been used in all four shootings, releasing a photo of a black-clad suspect being sought.
A 19-year-old suspect was arrested about 12 hours later after a tip. He was found with a 9mm that tests showed “was used in all four of these shootings,” McGinnis said.
Police did not immediately identify the suspect, whom they said may have had a mental illness. As of early Monday afternoon, he remained in custody but had yet to be charged, officials said.
Still, he “terrorized our community,” said Chief James White, who confirmed all the attacks appeared to be random.
Brisco, the first victim to be identified, had been planning to move this week to a suburb closer to her job as a medical assistant at an allergy clinic. Her boss, Dr. Kathleen Dass, said they had planned to give her a cake to celebrate her move.
“My patients loved her because she treated them all like they were her family,” said the doctor, who closed her practice for the death.
“You never expect gun violence to hit close to home. You always hear about shootings, but it’s never someone you know until it is,” Dass said.
The mayor, meanwhile, lamented that Detroit has limited use of ShotSpotter, a gunshot-detection technology.
“Every single detective who came to the command center said the same thing: If we had had ShotSpotter, there was an excellent chance we would have arrested him by five in the morning,” the mayor insisted.
With Post wires