19-year-old shot, killed inside Detroit party store - KMSP-TV

19-year-old shot, killed inside Detroit party store

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DETROIT (WJBK) - A young man was gunned down while standing inside a party store on Detroit's west side. Police are still searching for the suspect.

Darwin Harris Jr. was known as DJ in the Dexter neighborhood where he grew up - but it was that same neighborhood where his life was cut short. He was shot inside the Barrel and Bottle party store on Dexter Avenue at Collingwood Street around 7:30 p.m. Monday evening.

His uncle had just seen him minutes before.
   
"I said, "You be careful up there,' [he said] 'All right,' and kept on going. By the time I got in the house and got upstairs we were getting a phone [call] he was being rushed to the hospital," says Darryl Harris.

He died at Henry Ford Hospital of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Police say he was standing inside the party store, where he often hung out, when a man opened the door and opened fire.

"It was like they was after him because he wasn't the only one up on that corner. It was like they was after him [sic]," says Harris.

Fox 2 understands there is surveillance from inside the store but it's not clear yet just what it shows. Right now, police say they have no description of the suspect.

Those who knew DJ say it's another sad day for young black men in the city of Detroit.

"Every time I came up here he opened the door for me. He was real cool, respectful, you know. He had a lot of friends in the neighborhood," says Dion Garrett.

"I don't understand how a man can lose his life so tragically and then the very next day the same place that he lose his life is open, back to business as normal," says Kiki. "Had he been white, the store would be closed down and there would be a shrine from that corner to that corner."

"It's bad around here. It's bad in this area, so you tell everybody to be careful that you love. Ain't no telling when you'll see them again," says Harris.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.



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