Two Dead in Pontiac Drug Deal Gone Wrong

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PONTIAC, MI – Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 700 block of E. Auburn Rd, at the Spring Lake Apartments, on the report of an armed robbery of a citizen on Sunday December 22nd, 2018. Fatal Shooting

Prior to their arrival, Dispatch updated the information to include that the incident had become the scene of a shooting. When Deputies arrived at the scene, they found a victim lying in to doorway of the residence. He appeared to have suffered several gunshot wounds.

The Waterford Regional Fire Department and Paramedics from Star EMS arrived on the scene. Paramedics were unable to revive the victim. Paramedics provided telemetry to McLaren-Oakland Hospital where a physician pronounced the victim dead. Deputies canvassed the area for possible witnesses to the incident. Deputies located a witness and transported to the substation to speak with Detectives.

Deputies, a short time later also responded to the Emergency Room at St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital located at 44405 Woodward Avenue on the report of a shooting victim that had been dropped off for medical treatment. Deputies were unable to speak with the victim because hospital staff were administering life-saving measures. A short time later, Deputies were notified by hospital staff that the subject had succumbed to his injuries. Deputies were able to view surveillance footage from the hospital security cameras that showed them that a gold or light beige colored GMC Yukon had dropped the victim off and left the parking lot.

Sheriff’s Detectives were notified and responded to the scene to continue with the investigation. Detectives began working to determine whether the two shootings were related. Through further investigation it was determined that the 30 year old shooting victim at the hospital shot the 21 year old armed robbery victim at the apartment in an apparent drug rip off for marijuana.

The 21 year old victim at the apartment, after he was shot, was able to shoot the suspect who was trying to rob him before he died. The suspect fled to a nearby area and was transported to the hospital by a person who found him collapsed and then drove him to the hospital in the GMC Yukon seen in the video. It does not appear that the driver is involved in the shooting.

Detectives are continuing with the investigation and autopsies are pending.

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