The police department has officers working overtime in hopes of addressing the violence. (File photo)
Crime is up in Detroit, so much that it took one devoted scanner listener more than 800 words to chronicle just the dispatches he could make sense of in the overnight hours Friday.
The list compiled by The Detroit Scanner and posted to Facebook includes 22 (possibly 23) reports of shots fired; two disturbances (party fights); two stabbings; two carjackings; an assault and an overdose (details in the post below).
More crimes occurred overnight Saturday, with the Detroit Police Department reporting:
- A double shooting Saturday night on Riverview Street near I-96 and Telegraph. The victims, 15 and 27 years old, were seated in an SUV when they were hit. The man is in the hospital in stable condition while the boy is in temporary serious condition.
- An early Sunday morning stabbing on the edge of Greektown, at Beaubien near East Congress, that has a 31-year-old clinging for life in the hospital. The man was found injured after officers saw a large fight break out. This is even as additional police were dispatched to the area to stem this type of violence.
- The deadly Sunday morning shooting of a 53-year-old man found on Helen Street, near 7 Mile and Van Dyke.
- The Sunday morning shooting of a 25-year-old man who was entering a west side home, on the 20000 block of Asbury Park, through the window. He's in critical condition.
This was the first weekend of a police crackdown intended to address what officials call a "party atmosphere" in the city. Officers working overtime are focused on drag racing, crowd control and excessive noise in a handful of hopping areas including Greektown.
The deparment's media relations division said Wednesday that it did not receive notification of any of the incidents caught on dispatch audio overnight Friday, meaning they may not have resulted in death or serious injury. Responding officers are required to notify communications of such critical incidents, but cases can slip through the cracks for various reasons, said Officer Holly Lance.