Detroit police said seven people were shot Tuesday afternoon at a bus stop at West Warren and Southfield roads on Detroit’s West side.
Shooting Victims Include Detroit Students
Five of the victims were students from Cody Ninth Grade Academy and had just been let out of summer school.
The shooting happened about a block away from the school.
All the victims were transported to local hospitals.
The victim's ages but not identities have been released as police attempt to contact their families.
Police said a 14-year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl are all in critical condition at Sinai Grace Hospital.
A 15-year-old boy and 16-year-old girl are in stable.
A 17-year-old boy is in serious and a 17-year-old girl is in temporary serious condition.
Sources said at least three of the teens are in surgery.
Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb at the scene said he was sure parents were worried their children are involved, but that the district was doing its best to notify the victims' families.
Deputy Detroit Police Chief Rod Liggons said parents who would like more information are being advised to contact the Detroit police at 313-596-2260.
Two gunmen, possibly three, emerged from the green minivan and "asked for a person by name" before they "opened fire at the crowd," said Detroit Public Schools Police Chief Roderick Grimes.
Police said they are investigating whether an incident earlier in the day sparked the shooting but said they believe the gunmen knew some of the people standing at the bus stop.
Witnesses said the men had masks or cloth covering their faces.
"I fell and all I could do was crawl to the brick wall, and when I got up, I heard at least six gunshots," a witness told Local 4.
The girl did not want to be identified because she could possibly be a witness in the case. She also said she saw the gunmen pull up and she yelled at her friends to get down.
Another witness, who asked only to be identified as "P," said she tried to help one of the victims by giving him CPR.
"I was trying to aid him to keep him calm because I didn't want one of the kids who had got shot multiple times to bleed too much," P said.
The intersection at Warren and Southfield roads remain closed while police investigate.
Police said security cameras at a bank across the street captured the entire shooting on tape.
Investigators will also review security cameras at the gas station