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Published: Thursday, 7/2/2009

Detroit police arrest suspect in shootings


DETROIT - One of two men suspected of shooting at seven students waiting at a Detroit bus stop surrendered to police yesterday as investigators aggressively sought the second suspect, authorities said.

Jamel Turner, 18, was in police custody, but his arrest warrant had not been filed by yesterday afternoon. Detroit Police Chief James Barren told reporters Mr. Turner was identified as a suspect after investigators spoke with victims of Tuesday's shooting.

A message left yesterday with Mr. Turner's attorney, David Jones, was not immediately returned.

Police released a surveillance video from a nearby gas station that showed the two gunmen with what appear to be shirts covering their faces. The video shows them running past vehicles in the station's lot with guns pointed at the group.

The video had no audio but did show the teens waiting at the bus stop suddenly scatter. One teen, who appeared to have been shot, can be seen trying to crawl away after crumpling to the pavement.

The video then showed the gunmen running back the way they came.

Investigators believe multiple shots were fired from semiautomatic handguns at the group of seven teens waiting at a public bus stop shortly after summer classes let out at Cody Ninth Grade Academy. Police said a third suspect waited in a nearby green minivan to drive them away.

Five of the seven victims were students. At least three of the seven remained hospitalized yesterday, but none has life-threatening injuries, Deputy Police Chief James Tolbert said.

Police do not have a motive in the shooting, but said it may be related to gang activity. Chief Tolbert said investigators have little information about the second gunman, but he and the person driving the minivan are being sought.

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