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Posted on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:07 a.m.

15-year-old boy shot in Ypsilanti

By Lee Higgins

A 15-year-old boy was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in serious condition Sunday night after being shot in the neck near the intersection of Armstrong Drive and Armstrong Court, Ypsilanti police said.

Officers responded at 8:50 p.m. to a report of a shooting and found the injured boy, who gave police information about the shooter, a police news release said.

So far, no arrests have been made. It's unclear what led to the shooting. Police said the victim and shooter know each other.

Investigators are looking for a 24-year-old Ypsilanti Township man believed to be responsible, the release said. Police said the victim was shot with a revolver.

Anyone with information can call police at (734) 483-9510.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Thu, Mar 15, 2012 : 1:07 a.m.

Jeez people... Defensive much?


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

Another on line post Ann Arbor had 4 break ins. Ypsilanti one shooting. Um, Ann Arbor? I think you loose on that one. Your crime rate is still rather higher then ours. Just a thought. Good luck to the boy.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 1:44 a.m.

Township drives in, commits crimes, drives out. What else is new?


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 4 p.m.

inb4 the Ypsi bashers. Too late?


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 3:45 p.m.

There are good parts of Ypsilanti and not so good parts of Ypsilanti, what concerns me is what is the Ypsilanti Police Department doing to help solve and stop some of this crime. I'll be the first one to admit that Ypsilanti Police Department has been decimated by budget cuts over the years, they are understaffed and there chief appears to be ineffective at times, however if you look at the two maps provided by eyehearta2 you will see the crime is spread out throughout the city. EMU seems to be doing a pretty good job based on their crime stats and the map, this is probably because of a pretty small area being patrolled by a lot of campus cops. I just wish YPD would start doing something other than responding to calls. Its time that we demand something better, Amy Walker must go as Chief of Police, say what you will about Barnett Jones but at least he was accountable and talked to the Public, whens the last time Chief Walker came up with a new idea about how to address these crime issues in Ypsilanti, think outside the box for pete's sake.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 4:43 p.m.

These bad places you talk about (everyone knows where they are) have been dangerous from back in the 20's. Moon shiners and criminal used to occupy these area's way back when.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 3:12 p.m.

Jns131, Ypsilanti police eliminated its dispatch center and sent its fire and police dispatchers to the county already...probably close to two years ago now. The formerly city employees became employees of the sheriff. Ypsi city calls for police and fire services are routed through the Washtenaw County dispatch center, which relays them to city staff. I don't know specifically what happened to all the special 911 taxes collected by the state and feds that used to flow to the city, but I assume they now go to the county.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 2:03 p.m.

Ypsilanti Twp gets the Sheriff dept. Ypsilanti gets the regular police. I was just informed that the Sheriff dept is going to take over some of the dispatch duties from Ann Arbor. I am wondering if they are going to do same for Ypsilanti? Or the entire country. Would make for a nice neat package IMO.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:44 p.m.

I see. She has such a terrible relationship with business owners, and they are so unhappy with her that they are voluntarily funding half of a PO position for Dept. It's a shame they all hate her so much. And you don't have to be a personal friend to call someone on an obviously personal and unsupported attack. Anyone who could even suggest the city would be better off with the sheriff's office obviously doesn't care a wit about city residents. That's so absurd, it's laughable. Would that be the same sheriff's office that can't even maintain order in West Willow and Liberty Square, in spite of about 15 years to work on the problem? The same Dept. that's had several members charged in the deaths of Twp. criminals in the past few years? You keep talking about thinking "outside the box." What is your plan? What are your ideas? We're all anxiously waiting to hear your solutions.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:30 p.m.

I have educated myself and as a law enforcement officer in the area I know all to well what Ms. Walker has done as Chief, nothing. She is a figure head that gives figure heads a bad name. Her department is doing nothing proactive, their relationship with business owners is terrible and the volunteer service group is nothing more than a group of people driving around in a haze. YPD has talented officers that could flourish under a real leader, she is not well respected in the community and her effort since becoming chief is a joke. If you are a friend of the Chief's then I can understand wanting to defend her but to believe she's done anything to help our community is a flat out misrepresentation. She needs to go and either bring in a real leader or the Sheriffs department, either way the people of Ypsilanti deserve better.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:03 p.m.

EMU is "doing a pretty good job" because the majority of EMU students live in the city, not on campus. Where do you get your information, anyway? Chief Walker "ineffective"? Not hardly. You "admit" YPD has been "decimated," but then wonder why they have been forced into an increasingly reactive role? If you'd like YPD to "do something other than responding to calls," I suggest you come and respond to the calls they get, so they can. Or maybe you'd like to go door-to-door and instruct city residents to stop calling the police when they are victims of crime, or see something suspicious, etc.? YPD has used numerous tools to creatively attack problem areas in the city. Are you familiar with their work with the locals courts to use bond conditions to keep certain undesirables away from specific areas of town? Notice the closing of certain high-crime party stores in the area? Do you think those things just happened by themselves? Ypsi citizens also benefit from YPD's utilization of an active and well-deployed Volunteer Service group, who work festivals, parades and other special situations, to fill in the gaps from the approximately THIRTY officers YPD has lost to budget cuts over the last 8 or 10 years. Before you go calling for the removal of YPD's chief, a well-respected and highly visible member of the community, I suggest you educate yourself.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 3:25 p.m.

My sympathies to the young man and his family. Hopefully, he will be able to make a full recovery.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 3 p.m.

Okay Ann Arborites...does it make you feel better about to continuously point out the flaws with Ypsilanti? We get it, Ann Arbor is superior to all other Michigan cities, that's just peachy! Many of you never cross Carpenter Road, so quite frankly there is no grounds go comment. Crime "statistics" don't really give you an accurate picture of an entire area. Keep in mind that Ann Arbor is well-known for skewing its crime data (excluding things that the UMDPS respond to, etc.). I know many people (myself included) who have called to report minor crimes and the A2 officers never showed up--that certainly would reduce some numbers too! The attitude of continuously pointing out how "great" Ann Arbor is, while Ypsilanti (or Wayne, Westland, Canton, Detroit,...insert whatever name you want) doesn't help ANYONE. This particular crime is a real tragedy that stems from some serious social problems. Wake up Ann Arbor--you're not in a bubble..and there will be a point when you can no loner "buy" your way out of it.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 7:34 p.m.

JB1, I guess i see your point, I would add that Ann Arbor is as safe as any community if you take the proper precautions. However it isn't as safe as the residents believe and the recent rash of home invasions are proof. And for those that chose to stay west of Carpenter you are missing out on great places like Depot Town, The Rocket, The Wurst Bar etc... Ypsilanti will continue to improve if we could just get a new police chief we'd be great.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 6:42 p.m.

SW40--you've actually hit on my point EXACTLY. It doesn't matter how "great" or how "wealthy" or however you define a "wonderful" place to live. Ann Arbor typically thinks itself better than others and immune from problems. My point is the isolationist/exclusiveness doesn't do anyone any good. Canton may be the richest and the safest, but Ann Arbor still has a superiority complex.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 5:59 p.m.

How is Canton lumped in with that group, Canton has one of the highest per capita incomes in the state and is annually ranked as one of the safest communities in the nation for it's population. I have nothing against any of the communities you mentioned, but if your argument is to not place Ann Arbor on a pedestal, you failed because you just did by lumping those communities together.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

911 call takers love to play 20 questions till battery or minutes run out.then,no crime reported.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 1:38 p.m.

Lee, this is not reporting, this is cutting and pasting. if you are going to endorse a journalistic methodology that basically involves lifting items directly from police reports in Ypsi, please follow this method for your entire reporting area. Now THAT would be a real eye-opener.


Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 4:40 p.m.

I think the article is fine. What more can you say. If the reporter knew any more details he would report it.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 5:39 p.m.

One has to remind oneself that this is a "Blog" - not News Reporting.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

It is amazing what gets passed off as journalism these days. Many of the articles on this and other websites are just like this so I am not surprised anymore. Why so many one sentence paragraphs?


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 12:33 p.m.

Before all the attacks on Ypsi ( which is more than happy to print ) start to roll in it should be noted that the majority of violent crimes within the city are in that area.Most food delivery places will not even go in that area

Steve Pepple

Tue, Mar 13, 2012 : 2 p.m.

A series of back-and-forth comments between two posters have been removed because of personal attacks.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.

You first map shows nothing that I can see.I click on crimes and it shows nothing.The second link does not show any areas of crime just numbers.I'm just talking about where the crimes occur.Am I doing something wrong on the first link ?


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 1:29 p.m.

You can go here: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> ..and make your own determination about what happens where, but it looks to me to be pretty uniform, with a pocket here or there that are a little better. Crime index for Ypsilanti CITY = 428 (2010) (Yes, I know the diff. between the city and the township) National Average = 266 (2010) Ann Arbor = 194 (2010) less is better. AA is about half of Ypsi, and Ypsi is about 60% higher than the national average. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> If you have other DATA to the contrary, please show it.


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 1:01 p.m.

EyeHeartA2.That area runs from Michigan south to I 94 and from Huron , west to Elder.Posters like to lump the entire city to what goes on there, just as they lump the entire township to what happens in West Willow.The majority of the city and township are quite safe.Although this is not a minor crime reports on anything that happens where the word &quot; Ypsilanti &quot; is involved no matter how minor.Ann Arbor just reports once a month about A2 crime for the most part.To use your analogy that's like condemning a entire school because a handful of students fail


Mon, Mar 12, 2012 : 12:35 p.m.

Not exactly a ringing endorsment. BTW, I took an exam once. If it hadn't been for the questions I got wrong, I would have got an &quot;A&quot;. Same thing.