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Posted on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 6:36 p.m.

Police: Shooting victim initially abducted from Ypsilanti street

By John Counts


Police investigate the area where a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds on Ford Road in Superior Township Friday.

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The Ypsilanti man found with multiple gunshot wounds on the side of Ford Road in Superior Township was abducted from Ypsilanti a half hour earlier Friday, police said.

At 1 p.m., Ypsilanti police interviewed witnesses at the corner of East Michigan and Park who said two men in a red Chevy Camaro grabbed the man off the street.

Twenty minutes later, the man -- who police believe is around 30 years old -- was found with gunshot wounds seven miles away, near the Arbor Hills subdivision in Superior Township. Police said he was shot with a small, black semi-automatic handgun.

Police still are trying to determine what happened between the time of the abduction and the discovery of the wounded man. According to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, police do not know if the man was shot where he was found or if it happened earlier. He is currently in stable condition at University of Michigan Hospital.

The Ypsilanti police, who are investigating the incident along with the sheriff's office, think the incident is retaliation for a separate incident a few days ago.

The suspects have been identified as a 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, both of Ypsilanti. Sgt. Kent Overton of the Ypsilanti Police Department said the three men were acquainted and "grew up in the same area."

Updated: Police were still actively searching for the two suspects as of late Saturday afternoon.

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Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 11:35 a.m.

I live in the area where the victim was found. Am also on the Crime Alert system. Get all the alerts except those that seem to happen in Northern Superior Twp. My neighbor's home was broken into last winter, no alert was issued. Still have not received an alert on this incident........I wonder why?


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 1:58 a.m.

Crime alert systems aren't intended to alert every resident to every crime that occurs in the area. They are to alert possibly impacted citizens of in-progress events that pose a potential risk to large groups of people. A guy dumped by the side of the road, found after he was shot, does not qualify.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 11:25 p.m.

I agree completely. Break ins sometimes trigger an alert and sometimes not. We have noticed that in our Superior Twnp neighborhood as well. An alert system has to be dependable to be useful. Right now WCSD warning system is basically not dependable.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 3:09 p.m.

The alerts seem very selective, especially the Sheriff Department's.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 11:30 a.m.

I live very close to where the victim was discovered. A neighbor told us she heard what sounded like gunfire (3 shots) around the early afternoon.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 4:46 p.m.

what o gun shoot sound like....


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 10:39 a.m.

The suspects might want to enjoy a few cigarettes before the get caught since it will be 25 years before they get another chance


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 10:31 a.m.

Another shooting in Ypsi....was the little black gun registered?


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 3:10 a.m.

Reading comments here and other stories, it sure seems like a LOT of people don't actually read the story, and end up asking questions that are either obvious or answered in the storyline itself. One can figure out quite easily that...A "He is currently in stable condition at University of Michigan Hospital." This means he is alive. B Since victim is alive, and gave police their "descriptions" as people he grew up with, I betcha he also described the gun he was popped with.

Ann English

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 2:24 a.m.

Even with no map, I thought that Prospect Road would be a very convenient route to the area off Ford Road where the man was found.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 2:12 a.m.

I drove by the site a 1:20pm. There was a man laying in the grass on his side. His right thigh was bloody. There was one police officer on the scene and a civilian. The civilian was applying pressure to the injured man's thigh. As I passed by a second police officer arrived. A fire truck was pulling up at the same time. The man was not moving.

VO Key

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 3:52 p.m.

Sounds like you did all you could...


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 1:27 a.m.

YPD and WCSD will get their man....very good agencies......


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 2:01 a.m.

I have to agree. I love our CAT. They get our speeders. Now we are getting our speed bumps. Thank you WCSD.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 4:09 a.m.

The best. Both departments are over worked and underpaid.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 1:27 a.m.

Makes perfect sense...why can't you understand it?


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 12:39 a.m.

I grew up out in that area. And for years that has been the preferred dumping ground for homicide victims.


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 11:38 p.m.

Ok. I know of two mob hits that were left on Cherryhill rd over by the gravel pit. One over on Vohries rd @ M-14 where the guy was bound shot and burned in his own car. Not to mention the Michigan murders which took place literally in my back yard. So there are a few for you all to mull over. I am sure that I have missed a few. It was when I was a kid out there. And I remember them well. My dad was a fireman at the old Superior Twp Hall on Prospect and Cherryhill.


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 10:24 p.m.

Cherry Hill rd by the gravel pit before all the houses went in was a area that had two that I remember being dumped there. One was rolled in carpet and lit on fire. That is how that one was found. Another was M-14 at Vohries rd. Mob hit as well. The body was tied up shot and then burned in his own car. I remember this well since my dad worked on the Superior Twp Fire Dept. I also was a unoffical volly there as a kid. Apparently you folks have short memories or had never heard.


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 2 a.m.

Actually from the sounds of it, it sounds like it was near Geddes and Prospect. Superior Twp is near Geddes Road. If I am not mistaken.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 3:08 p.m.

Baloney. Lived here for 5 years and this is the first issue I've heard about.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 10:39 a.m.

Examples? Don't recall any myself.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 4:08 a.m.

Um, just what homicides you talking about. Lived here most my life and can't remember any. Fill me in.

Kitty O'Brien

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 2:20 a.m.

The old gravel pit east of Fleming Creek? I grew up at Ford and Prospect (a mile away) and never heard of a dead body found there. That's horrible.

Drew Montag

Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 11:32 p.m.

OK, I read the story twice, and I can't figure it out: is the victim alive or dead?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 4:02 p.m.

I guess my comment is dead. They seem to resist the attempt of a poster to refer to this very funny group as a bunch of goofs, with an LOL added on. I also might have mentioned that you run a risk on this forum of being attacked by sharks or tigers or something if you make a blunder (like not reading the article before commenting). So I guess I will forget it for now. Just don't like being censored for humor.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 3:54 p.m.

What a bunch of goofs! LOL. Be careful on this forum...the sharks and tigers await.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 1:21 p.m.

Was he stabbed or shot?


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 5:34 a.m.

So what is everyone saying? Did he survive or not?


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 4:29 a.m.

did his guy survive? Is he in stable condition?


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 4:07 a.m.

Um, read the story one more tim.


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 1:15 a.m.

Is he in stable condition?

Drew Montag

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 12:43 a.m.

I found it: he's in stable condition at UM Hospital.

Kent Jocque

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 12:14 a.m.

Drew, Paragraph 4 last sentence, "He is currently in stable condition at University of Michigan Hospital." -Kent


Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : 12:03 a.m.

Alive and recovering in hospital. "He is currently in stable condition at University of Michigan Hospital."

kt rix

Sat, Aug 11, 2012 : midnight

According to the earlier article, the victim was taken to the hospital in unstable condition. I believe he is alive, but I guess we'll have to wait for the next update.

Jeff Renner

Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 11:55 p.m.

It says, "He is currently in stable condition at University of Michigan Hospital." I suppose he could be dead. That is a very stable condition. But I rather imagine it means he is alive and in no immediate danger of getting worse.


Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 11:28 p.m.

Sounds like this investigation is wrapped up as far as all involved.


Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 11:05 p.m.

The gun was seven miles away?


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 1:58 a.m.

Guns travel fast. Remember cool hand Luke?


Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 10:49 p.m.

So he was shot by a small black automatic handgun that stuck around and turned itself in?


Sun, Aug 12, 2012 : 3 a.m.

So it's NOT true! People don't shoot people after all. Guns shoot people.


Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 11:30 p.m.

Guess witnesses who saw him abducted.... saw the gun.

Julie Baker

Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 11:08 p.m.

Police believe that is the type of gun used in the shooting. They could not specify why they believe this. We have adjusted the paragraph addressing the gun for clarity.


Fri, Aug 10, 2012 : 11:06 p.m.

Be on the lookout for a small black handgun suspected in the shooting.