DETROIT, MI – The annual Cinco de Mayo Parade in SW Detroit turned deadly today when one teenager was shot and killed.
It was around 2PM near West Vernor Highway and Ferdinand Street when a 24-year-old man shot to death a 19 year old in the street. According to police, the suspect shot the victim right in plain view of an officer, who immediately tackled the suspect and took him into custody. Parade watchers fled into buildings seeking shelter.
The 24 year old shooter and a relative of the victim were in an argument just before the shooting took place in front of Brown’s Bun Baking Company at 4817 W. Vernor Hwy.
This is the 50th anniversary celebrating the Mexican heritage and pride in southwest Detroit. State Rep. Rashida Tlaib called it a sick tragedy that someone would commit a killing at a family event like the parade. The parade was shut down shortly after the shooting.
The teenager was transported by police to Detroit Receiving Hospital where he was pronounced dead. It is possible that the murder was gang related.
The name of the suspect or the deceased have not been released as of yet.