DEARBORN HEIGHTS — A shooting at a Dearborn Heights residence has left a 16-year-old boy hospitalized with critical injuries.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 18, Dearborn Heights Police Officers were dispatched and responded to a residence on the 8400 block of Grayfield Street to investigate a reported shooting. The responding officers determined that a 14-year-old was handling a firearm which had accidentally discharged.
A 16-year-old boy who was struck by the round and suffered critical injuries was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Police are holding one juvenile in custody relating to this incident and formal charges will be filed following a thorough investigation. Police emphasized that there is no danger to the public as a result of this incident.
Dearborn Heights Police Chief Jerrod Hart told The Arab American News that situations like this are preventable.
“This is yet another senseless tragedy involving juveniles and firearms, specifically handguns,” he said. “The members of the Dearborn Heights Police Department are praying for the victim and his family. Owning a firearm is a huge responsibility, and the proper storage and use of gun locks is paramount to our community’s safety. If you or someone you know would like a free gun lock, please stop by the Dearborn Heights Police Department at 25637 Michigan Ave.”