DETROIT, MI – Several arrests have been made in connection with the fatal shooting of a two-year-old boy on I-75 that occurred earlier in June. Officials say that the slain boy was the nephew of a Detroit Police officer.
Multiple arrests have been made after 2-year-old Brison Christian, the nephew of a Detroit police officer, was gunned down on an interstate, authorities say. https://t.co/nLjt1faIq7
— ABC News (@ABC) June 22, 2021
According to reports, the two-year-old boy that was fatally shot on June 17th was identified as Brison Christian.
Officials say that Brison was inside of a vehicle with his family as they were traveling on I-75 at approximately 9:45 p.m., reportedly coming home from their nine-year-old son’s basketball practice.
Suddenly, gunshots started going off while they were on the interstate.
Brian Christian, the young boy’s father, said that he saw a passing vehicle with a man that was holding a gun after the shots rang out on the road. He pulled the vehicle over and saw that both of his children had been shot.
Young Brison was reportedly “bleeding from his head with his head down,” and was later pronounced deceased after being rushed to a hospital.
Brison’s nine-year-old brother was also hospitalized after the shooting and was first listed as being in serious condition, but has since been released from the hospital.
When speaking with a local news crew about the horrific incident, Brian Christian recounted the feeling of helplessness as he held his dying son after the shooting:
“The hardest thing ever is for my son to be literally dying in my arms and me being a father and I can’t protect him and I can’t help him…I wanted with everything in me to see him grow up.”
#BREAKING UPDATE: Multiple arrests have been made in the tragic shooting death of 2yr. old Brison Christan.
MSP continues to lead the investigation with assistance from our officers.
— Detroit P.D. News (@detroitpolice) June 19, 2021
The family have no idea why their vehicle was targeted by the shooter on the interstate, with the child’s mother noting the following:
“We’re not in the streets, we don’t do anything. I don’t even know the cause of this.”
While no charges have been filed against any particular person as of this writing, police officials reportedly have “multiple” suspects in custody and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing details regarding the case.
Detroit Interim Police Chief James White made the following statement regarding the murder of this young boy:
“This heinous crime has sent shockwaves throughout our community and our department is devastated and mourning.
“I am devoted to bringing local law enforcement leaders together at the table to put an end to the senseless violence plaguing our community. Little Brison deserved a chance to grow up.”
Michigan State Police wanted to stress that the investigation is still ongoing and that anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 734.287.5000 or 855.MICH-TIP.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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In other news, police in New York City are searching for a gunman who shot a suspected gang member in broad daylight earlier in June, with children inches away from the victim shot.
Here’s that previous report.
NEW YORK CITY, NY – An at-large gunman reportedly shot an alleged gang member in broad daylight earlier in June, with two young children mere inches away from the gunman’s line of fire.
While neither of the children were shot, video from the incident shows the blatant disregard the gunman had for their lives during the incident.
NYC gunman shoots alleged gang member in broad daylight while kids, 5 and 10, are trapped amid melee: sourceshttps://t.co/u9hoexXYWY
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 18, 2021
According to NYPD officials, the shooting incident occurred on June 17th at approximately 6:44 p.m. along the sidewalk on Sheridan Avenue near East 172nd Street.
The unidentified gunman approached a 24-year-old male and opened fire on the victim. While the victim was trying to escape his attacker, video shows the victim running into and tripping over two children, ages 5 and 10.
With the victim on the ground and the children entangled in the moments after the victim collided with them, the gunman continues to fire at the victim while both children are scrambling and trying to flee.
🚨Please Share@NYPDDetectives need your help identifying & locating the 2 men seen in this video shooting another man near 1551 Sheridan Ave. in the Bronx.
Yes, those are children with the victim, who were very fortunately not injured.
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 18, 2021
The victim, which sources allege has gang ties in the area, was said to have been shot in both legs and in the back and was taken to an area hospital. Police say that the gunman and an accomplice to the attack then fled the area on a moped.
By some miracle, neither of the children were shot during the incident.
Authorities are asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects involved in this crime. Anyone with information on the incident or the suspects are urged to called NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
In other active investigations in New York City, police are still searching for three suspects that are wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred earlier in June that injured a 12-year-old girl and a 25-year-old man.
Both victims are reportedly in stable condition.
🚨WANTED for Assault: Recognize these individuals? On 6/5/21 at approx. 5:51 PM, in front of 1417 Wythe Place in the Bronx, the suspect discharged a firearm striking a 25-year-old male & a 12-year-old girl. Any info? DM @NYPDTips, or anonymously call them at 800-577-TIPS. pic.twitter.com/CNhvZv0C0a
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 6, 2021
Police officials say that the shooting occurred at approximately 5:51 p.m. on June 5th in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx.
The 12-year-old girl was reportedly shot in her ankle, while the 25-year-old male was shot in his chest. Both victims were transported to BronxCare Health System following the shooting and were last reported as being in stable condition.
In the video shared by authorities, three suspects can be seen running from the scene following the shooting incident. Officials aren’t sure which of the three suspects on video, if any, were responsible for the gunfire.
The NYPD is asking the public to come forward with any information they may have on the incident or the suspects’ whereabouts. Those who have details pertaining to the incident are urged to contact Crime Stoppers tip line at 800-577-TIPS.
Tipsters can choose to remain anonymous when contacting Crime Stoppers.
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