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FBI Issues Warning To Michigan Drivers Following Random Vehicle Shootings


In Michigan, three separate vehicle shootings have prompted the FBI and authorities in Michigan to advise drivers to be aware of their surroundings.

The shootings all took place between 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. last week in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Pittsfield Township Public Safety Director Matt Harshberger said all three incidents appear to be related.

“Upon reviewing the cases, we do believe that the three incidences that occurred Monday evening are related, and we are investigating those cases collectively with the State Police,” Harshberger told the Detroit Free Press.

The first two incidents occurred along Austin Road in Bridgewater Township.

A Manchester man and his passenger were driving west on Austin Road when a shot was fired into the man’s 2005 Chevy Silverado.

The second incident involved a woman from Adrian. A bullet pierced a woman’s 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix as she was driving west on Austin Road.

“At 6:15 p.m., a 72-year-old woman called police to report a bullet hit her driver’s side door as she drove west on Michigan Avenue in Pittsfield Township,” the Detroit Free Press reported.

“She heard a loud noise, a bang,” Harshberger said. “She got to her residence, and she noticed a hole in her driver’s door and she called us … very surprised and a little bit distraught.”

Bullet fragments were recovered from two of the scenes.

Police have not released any information on what type of vehicle may be involved.  They plan to re-interview all the drivers involved, as well as a truck driver who called to report a man had a pistol int he front seat of his car while he was driving along U.S. 23 near Interstate 96 in Green Oak Township around the time of the shootings.

Police were able to find the driver with the gun and did determine that the driver has a conceal and carry permit.  The Detroit Free Press reports that authorities don’t believe the gun was involved in the shootings.

“We did seize his firearm at this point, and if it looks like those fragments we’ve recovered could have possibly come from that weapon, we’ll determine that,” Allen said. “But at this point, based on the information collected at the scene, that incident was not related to the incidents in Bridgewater Township or Pittsfield Township.”

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