At approximately 7:30 a.m. local time outside Detroit’s Mark Twain Elementary school, a father was shot to death in front of the building. Police are investigating the death of a man who had just dropped off his young son at the school. Fortunately, the child did not see his father’s execution-style death. The victim was shot in the head by an assailant. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.
 
Police are searching for the suspect, who was sitting in the rear passenger seat of the car in which the victim and his child had arrived at the school. The suspect left behind the black Nissan automobile and fled on foot.
 
Police describe the suspect as a black male in his 20s, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing about 180 pounds. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said of the shooting, "It’s very disturbing." In a news conference at the school, Craig said, "We are going to do everything we can. We’re confident that we’re going to bring some closure to this."
 
Police have a couple of witnesses, Craig said. The victim’s child has a brother in the military, he added.
 
Criminal violence in Detroit has also recently touched the police department itself. On November 22, Sgt. Collin Rose was shot in the head by a man on a bicycle. Rose lingered in life for a few days until he succumbed to his wounds. Yesterday, Detroit police released the following statement:
 
"The Detroit Police are looking for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the subject responsible for the fatal shooting of Wayne State University Police Sergeant Collin Rose on Nov. 22 at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Lincoln St near Selden St. Officer Rose was shot and killed when he stopped to investigate a man who was riding a blue mountain bike."
 
Rose (29) was a graduate of Ferris State University and was engaged to be married in October. at happened
 
The police department is now offering a reward of $62,500 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.
 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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