Man shot at Pittsfield Township apartment complex still in critical condition
Deputy Police Chief Gordy Schick said the man had been in and out of surgery during the day. He is being treated for life-threatening injuries after being shot in the back of the head, according to police.
Schick reiterated that the three people arrested in connection with the shooting Thursday night - two 15-year-old Ypsilanti boys and a 24-year-old man, also from Ypsilanti - were the only suspects in the case.
“There was a lot of good scene investigation and great interviews last night and we’re very confident we have all of the individuals in custody,” Schick said.
Police responded at 7:06 p.m. Thursday to the apartment complex, 2224 Golfside Road, for a report of a man who had just been shot and was bleeding near a door to a building in the northeast area of the complex. The teens had met with the man at the complex just before the shooting, Schick said.
Police said one of the 15-year-old boys shot the man in the back of the head and left him there. Police are still investigating why the man was shot, but it is believed the incident was drug-related.
At about 10:30 p.m., officers surrounded an apartment within in the complex and demanded the occupants come out. The two 15-year-old boys and the 24-year-old surrendered to police. The teenagers were taken to the Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention Facility and the man was taken to the Washtenaw County Jail.
Schick said police are still actively investigating the shooting and some investigators were still working Friday, almost 24 hours since the first officers arrived on scene. He said police have acted on several search warrants since the investigation began and are working on compiling their case.
Some evidence has already been sent to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review, Schick said. Investigators were still working to gather evidence in order to formally charge the suspects, who were still being held Friday evening.
Schick said officials were considering a number of charges for the three suspects. The condition of the victim is a major factor in what crimes the individuals would be charged with, he said.
At the apartment complex, life returned back toward normalcy after the unusual scene of a police investigation Thursday night.
Residents who spoke to AnnArbor.com Friday said the Lexington Club apartments had always been a safe place to live. Long-time residents, who asked to not be named, said they had never had a criminal incident at the complex like Thursday’s shooting since the complex opened in 2002. They added they generally felt very safe in their homes.
The shooting on Thursday did not change those feelings, residents said.
Spokeswoman Lori Trainer said administrators at the apartment complex are not aware of any connection between the victims and the community at the Lexington Club. The apartments are supposed to have at least one occupant aged 55 or older, Trainer said.
Trainer said officials with the complex are waiting for police to finish their investigation and are keeping in touch with investigators to establish more facts about the shooting.
She said everyone with the Lexington Club is hoping for a full recovery by the victim of the shooting, and offered to provide police all the help they needed with the investigation.
“Unfortunately, these days crime has no address,” she said.