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Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 : 9:10 p.m.

Three people reported shot near EMU campus, gunman at large

By Steve Pepple

Three people were reported shot on the eastern edge of the Eastern Michigan University campus on Friday night.

All three victims were transported to a local hospital with what were believed to be non life-threatening injuries, EMU spokesman Geoff Larcom said.

Ypsilanti police have identified the suspected shooter, but he remained at large at 9 p.m., Larcom said.

None of the shooting victims are students at EMU, nor is the suspected shooter, Larcom said.

The shooting occurred in a parking lot near EMU's Alexander music building at Jarvis and Lowell streets.

EMU issued an alert shortly before 8 p.m. about the shooting and urged people to stay away from the area while police investigate. A subsequent alert issued just after 9 p.m. said the area has been reopened.

According to the alerts, the suspect is a black male, wearing a white baggy shirt, blue jeans and red baseball cap. He has a scraggly beard and pierced ears.

EMU Acting Police Chief Bob Heighes said the incident is being handled by the Ypsilanti Police Department because it occurred off campus. He said he didn't have any more information than what was included in the alert sent out to students, faculty and others.

Central Dispatch, which handles 9-1-1 calls for Ypsilanti police, said no officers were available to provide additional information.

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Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 2:30 p.m.

I thought it was only marijuana or illegal, nonprescription drugs that are the problem?

Lac Court Orilles

Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 10:31 a.m.

Unfortunately this incident will affect EMU's image even though none were students there. Eastern has one of the nicest central campus areas of any university that I have visited, however, most people who live just five miles away would never know this or wouldn't even bother to check it out to see if my observation was true. It's too bad that the adjoining neighborhoods are full of predators. Increased police presence and student participation in neighborhood watch activities are the solution. Predators after being harassed and/or watched will eventually fade away from the campus area. There have been five student deaths this school year at Michigan State (some alcohol related) yet EMU will get a worse rap over this one incident than what MSU will get over their five deaths. Give EMU credit for the notifications and communication to all students this time.

Craig Lounsbury

Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 11:14 a.m.

I can't speak to whether the "adjoining neighborhoods are full of predators" or not. But as Channel 7 reports the buyers were from "the Ann Arbor area" (whatever that means) . What we don't know was who the "predators" were in the car. According to Channel 7 news there was an argument over price. One would think an initial price would have been established earlier in the process. So I might suggest the "predator" in this case might be the party who tied to renegotiate the price....we don't know which party that was.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 5:18 a.m. for a better story. "Police say the suspect is Quenton Martez Dodson who is from the Ypsilanti area." 3 kids from ann arbor trying to buy oxy... shame.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:30 a.m.

Hardly a surprise. That's one of several areas near EMU notorious for shady activity. Where are the EMU (not to mention Ypsilanti) police all the time?


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 2:01 p.m.

I would say I see the EMU cops time to time pass through this area. This does give EMU a black eye. I wouldn't blame the cops though, I rode along with EMU and maybe if they spent more time being a visible presence in these areas instead of spending so much time at the Eateries and walk throughs of buildings and locking doors incident such as this and the dominos robbery wouldn't be happening...atleast not next to campus. EMU PD has to realize the areas surrounding campus are just as important as campus and have just as big of an impact to EMU and their students.

Whokanz Marshall

Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 5:50 a.m.

Is the "limited resources" excuse really good enough, though? Look a few miles away in Windsor, Ontario - their local police force also has to deal with budget cuts and limited personnel, but the number of shootings is miniscule compared to Ypsi or Detroit. Why is that?


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:41 a.m.

Especially since the Domino's Pizza across Washtenaw was just robbed a week or two ago. I compare Yspi to Pontiac and Mt. Clemens as cities with rough neighborhoods. This is unfortunate that this happens right across from the school, but we can't blame the police who are trying to do their best with limited resources because funding the police isn't a high priority in our state.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:13 a.m.

Sad series of events last night. I heard it all on the scanner. So glad none of those injured were students.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 2:29 p.m.

they did, it was near campus


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:32 a.m.

Seeing they are non-students, it would have been nice if they kept their drug dealing crap off campus.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:25 a.m.

Because...? It's ok that non students got shot but it would be HORRIBLE if they were? Why? It makes no difference if they were students are not. They are human beings. They count too.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:11 a.m.

My home town. Welcome to little Detroit.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 9:57 p.m.

@j---Your facts are unbased. According to the latest crime rate statistics (from 2011). Ypsilanti's crime rate as AT LEAST two, three, even quadruple the crime rate of Dearborn in ALL crime categories.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

Been to Detroit lately? Hamtramck? Dearborn? Yeah Ypsi is about a million times better then these places. People just don't realize it cause they compare it to ann arbor constantly


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:06 a.m.

ABC News has an update. It was a drug deal gone wrong. Four men trying to buy oxy and they argued with the dealer over price and the dealer pulled a gun and shot them. Three shots and three were hit. Maybe there were only three men buying and the forth was the dealer?


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 3:03 a.m.

Any update? Not going to be sleeping well tonight.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 2:51 a.m.

Did the victims know each other / know the suspect? Or was it a random act? That's a pretty critical piece of info the public should know.

Superior Twp voter

Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 2:35 a.m.

G'Luck Ypsi P D and EMU P D! "According to the alerts, the suspect is a black male, wearing a white baggy shirt, blue jeans and red baseball cap. He has a scraggly beard and pierced ears." Good citizens in the area make sure you are not wearing that . Ever.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 2:19 a.m.

If you find out if the suspects knew the shooter, please let us know.


Wed, Mar 28, 2012 : 1:52 p.m.

elbow deep inside the border line..


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 5:43 p.m.

Thanks :D


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 2:26 p.m.

nice avatar


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 2:19 a.m.

Ugh, victims knew the shooter* Guess it's bedtime.


Sat, Mar 24, 2012 : 1:31 a.m.

Holy wow...let's hope the police catch this guy quickly. I hope they're caught before someone isn't as "lucky" as these other 3 people. Yeesh.