Unfortunately, the 20-year-old shot dead at a child's birthday party failed that criteria. Ten others were injured; one is in critical condition.
Had the shooter been white, the tragedy would commanded wall-to-wall news coverage and endless bantering by talking heads on cable news networks.
As it is, the horrific shooting merited only a mention in local news venues.
Reports say about 400 Detroiters gathered on a basketball court to celebrate a child's birthday. None of the children in attendance -- if there were any -- were reported shot.
The crime was reported June 20, 2015.
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Detroit police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened at a child's birthday party on the city's west side.
Detroit Police Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt said shots were fired around 8:30 p.m. at the basketball courts at Dexter and Webb, where a large crowd of about 400 people were gathered for a birthday party.
A 20-year-old man was killed and a 46-year-old man is in critical condition. Eight other people, including three women and five men, were also shot and some were taken to the hospital. Dolunt said it was a "miracle" no children were shot.
Dolunt tells Action News patrol officers noticed the large crowds along Dexter around 6 p.m. and asked people to disperse. The party-goers were cooperative and police left. When they returned after shots were fired, police say the crowd dispersed quickly. Although dozens of people remained on the scene, investigators have not received any strong leads in the case.
Dolunt expressed his frustration during media interviews Saturday night.
“There’s kids out here. I’m livid. There’s no excuse, there’s not any excuse why no one is talking," he said. "Man up or woman up, whatever, and tell us what’s going on," he added.
Police say shots were fired from at least two semi-automatic weapons and that the deceased victim could have been an intended target.
Police took one man into custody on a misdemeanor warrant but it's unclear whether he was involved in the shooting. Detectives are also trying to find the owner of a red car that was found crashed and abandoned in a parking lot across the basketball courts. They believe the people in the car could have been hit in the shooting.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig will canvas the surrounding neighborhood Sunday afternoon.
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