Man shot along Interstate 94 in Detroit, motive unknown

Reuters News
Posted: May 06, 2016 4:13 PM

(Reuters) - A man was shot on Friday along Interstate 94 in Detroit, Michigan and police warned drivers to avoid the area as they signaled the gunfire was likely not part of a random shooting spree.

The motivation behind the shooting was not immediately clear, though Michigan State Police said on Twitter it "does not appear to be a random incident."

State police re-opened Interstate 94 roughly four hours after authorities said they were investigating the shooting, but warned drivers it was best to avoid the area until after the post-work rush home.

"We are continuing to investigate," they said, adding that detectives have spoken with the victim, who is being treated and is expected to live.

Photographs of the scene, along westbound I-94 just west of the Lodge Freeway in Detroit, show a car with a cracked windshield standing on the inside lane. Police did not say if the injured man was inside the car when he was shot.

Police said earlier on Friday that they had no information on a suspect. A local NBC affiliate reported that there was also was a woman in the car.

The incident comes two weeks after a Michigan judge ruled that an Uber [UBER.UL] driver charged with murdering six people over a five-hour spree in between driving customers in Kalamazoo, about 150 miles (240 km) west of Detroit, was competent to stand trial.

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It also comes more than two years after a Michigan man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a three-day shooting spree in October 2012 on a busy interstate highway that earned him the nickname of the "I-96 shooter."

In Arizona last week, a judge dismissed charges against a man accused in a series of freeway shootings that terrorized Phoenix-area drivers last year, after ballistics evidence against him was challenged by defense lawyers.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle; Editing by G Crosse and James Dalgleish)