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Posted on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 12:12 p.m.

19-year-old arrested after gunfire at Canton recreational sports facility

By Staff

A dispute during a basketball game led to gunshots Sunday in the parking lot of a regional recreational sports destination, according to a report on

Following the incident at High Velocity Sports on Michigan Avenue in Canton, a 19-year-old was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and reckless use of a firearm, according to the report. No one was injured by the gunfire.

The facility is adjacent to the Victory Park recreation facility east of Belleville Road.

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Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 6:29 p.m.

Schools use metal detectors. Why not a paid membership sports complex?


Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 3:30 a.m.

It's hard to believe that someone would start shooting because of a basketball game. I played a lot of pick-up basketball in my youth, and it never got to the point of a fistfight, let alone gun play. Some people are just very, very stupid.


Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 1:57 a.m.

Gee I sure hope that the City of Ypsi folds and give the Washtenaw Rec Dept the land to build a new shooting range......I mean rec center in the water street property. Just think you have to pay to get into Velocity and charging admission typically keeps the problem makers out. Not sure if the County Rec center would charge admission or not (for county residents). If not shootings (but I can almost gaurentee it in Ypsi) there will be vehicle/locker break ins (remember when Life Time Fitness opened in Canton). I would much rather have a BK, Taco Bell, Aldi's (yep they wanted in too, but the city denied them), or a minor league baseball stadium etc than a County rec center.

Berda Green

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 4:04 a.m.

i tell u these kids are just gun crazy omg omg


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 7:51 p.m.

don't blame the guns, crazy is crazy.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 10:35 p.m.

OMG people, it's just a game.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 9:38 p.m.

Correction: The facility is WEST of Belleville Rd.

Chaz H

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 11:08 p.m.

Yep, saw that at work but could not comment from there... article has been up for almost 6 hours and it is still incorrect at this time.

Rob Pollard

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 8:41 p.m.

As someone who has spent time at HV Sports for a few soccer & basketball classes for my under 8 yr old son, let me say while I'm surprised at this, I'm not shocked. HV Sports is a large facility, with ~4 bball courts (also be used for volley ball) and ~6 artificial turf soccer fields and has literally thousands of people coming in throughout the day, from 3 yr olds to adults (who play flag football on the fields at night). There is bound to be a bad apple, from Canton or elsewhere (likely to be elsewhere, but Canton is not immune to anything). That said, I will say it seems like the "wrong element" coming to their family facility (they host tons of birthday parties, as well) is something they've needed to keep a big eye on. While attending my son's bball classes, I've watched the wide-variety of teens/young men of all types who play on the next court over what seem to be pickup games (though perhaps they are scheduled somehow). While these games are definitely not as rough as games I've witnessed in public parks (be they Canton or Detroit), there are a lot of young men with a lot of bravado. It is has seemed incongruous to have these pickup games right next to a bunch of 4 year olds who carry & run with the basketball as much as they dribble it (the courts are only separated by hanging curtain nets), but I suppose they need to keep the courts filled. Plus, I've just seen hard fouls, never serious pushing & shoving, let alone a fight or a weapon. But their classes are expensive (IMHO), so people will readily go elsewhere if they perceive it is not safe. It will be interesting to see what changes, if any, they make.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 8:18 p.m.

I always thought parents put their kids in sports to keep them safe and off the streets. I guess that isn't working anymore.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 7:18 p.m.

The "suspect" was from Westland. Maybe Canton needs to build a giant wall at the border? Or, better yet, a greenbelt?


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 7:27 p.m.

They've got I-275....just pour cement under all the bridges to keep the riff raff out.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 6:54 p.m.

Gun violence in Canton?!? Wow. Unexpected in that bedroom community. "Any escape might help to smooth. The unattractive truth. But the suburbs have no charms to soothe. The restless dreams of youth."