One person of interest, a convicted felon, is in custody after Wednesday night's shooting. Officers said the incident was the result of an ongoing feud between the shooter and several people inside the barbershop. The suspect, who was wearing body armor, is now in custody at the Oakland County's Sheriff's Office on an unrelated felony charge.
"This was a violent act -- basically what I'm calling urban terrorism," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who declined to say if police think the person of interest is the shooter. "Police wear body armor. Why would a community member be driving around in body armor?"
Craig said there were 20 to 30 people in the back room of Al's Barber Shop on Detroit's east side when the suspect pulled up in an alley behind the barber shop and opened fire with a high-powered rifle, spraying the room with bullets. One person was able to return fire.
Nine people were hit, and two died on scene. A third victim died later at a hospital, and the conditions of the other six wounded were not released.
Police believe the shooting was related to the illegal gambling in the barbershop.
“Someone owed someone petty money, but I don’t know why they had to shoot everyone,” one witness said.
Police are searching for a white 2004 Impala with a possible broken rear window from gunshots, and a black 2004 Impala. A silver Impala with "suspicious damage" was impounded by police in Hamtramck, but police did not say whether they believed it was connected to the shooting.