PONTIAC, MI – A 20-year-old man, identified as Giovanni Smith, of West Bloomfield Township, was shot and killed on August 21st, 2019, at approximately 10:30PM, during an argument with the shooter about his sister who had recently ended their relationship.
Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the area of Samburu and Lydia on the report of a possible shooting with the victim lying in the street. While enroute, Deputies were advised that there were other victims who were possibly being transported to McLaren Hospital.
The caller reported that the shooter, a 25-year-old man, of Pontiac, was still present at a residence in the 600 block of Lydia. The caller was also able to provide dispatch with the name of the person that fired the weapon.
Deputies located Giovanni Smith, also known simply as Gio, with a gunshot wound to the head lying on the grass between the sidewalk and street in front of a home in the 600 block of Lydia. As they approached the home, a suspect came outside and identified himself using the name the caller had provided 911 dispatch as the shooter. The subject was taken into custody. A firearm suspected of having been used in the shooting was located inside of the house.
Deputies located two other gunshot victims at McLaren Hospital. A 21-year-old man from Farmington Hills and a 16-year-old boy from West Bloomfield.
One had been shot in the leg and the other shot in the arm, neither of these injuries were life-threatening.
The victims stated they had gone to a residence on Lydia to pick up some of the Giovanni Smith’s 16-year-old sister’s belongings after she had broken up with the suspect. An argument ensued on the front porch and the suspect entered the house, came out with a handgun and began firing rounds at them as they ran from the residence. The two victims transported themselves to McLaren Hospital for treatment.
The suspect was lodged at the Oakland County Jail pending the issuance of charges.
A GoFundMe account has been established to help pay for Giovanni’s funeral expenses. If you would like to contribute to that fund, please CLICK HERE.
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