Feds report their vehicle was shot at, police find it was just a rock

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information from a Michigan State Police investigation.

Michigan State Police troopers were investigating two possible freeway shootings in Detroit on Wednesday, one of which supposedly involved a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle.

Officials from MSP and CBP initially confirmed Wednesday that a vehicle occupied by customs officers was fired at Wednesday morning on Interstate 96 near the Southfield Freeway.

But it turns out: it was just a rock that hit the passenger window as they drove, an MSP investigation found. 

A real freeway shooting did happen in Detroit on Wednesday morning, though. It stemmed from a road rage incident that occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on westbound Interstate 94 near Interstate 75, according to MSP. 

In that incident, a female driver and male passenger engaged in a confrontation with a man driving a blue minivan. The suspect in the minivan fired shots with a handgun at the victims, striking the vehicle they were in, according to the agency. 

No one was hurt in that incident and no suspect is in custody, police said. 

MSP temporarily closed the freeways in both incidents to conduct investigations.

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MSP Lt. Mike Shaw said in October that there has been an increase in freeway shootings this year generally caused by the community forgetting how to deescalate situations without violence, potentially due to stress brought on by the pandemic.

Johnson said Wednesday that MSP has seized 297 weapons on freeways in Wayne County so far this year. She said that is a substantial increase from this time last year, although last year’s statistics were not immediately available. 

“The freeway is a microcosm of crime going on everywhere in the city and county. We’ve seen an increase in shootings on and off the roadways,” said MSP Metro South Post Commander Lt. Jessica Johnson.

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