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Woman shot in the head, man shot in the chest at bonfire in Detroit

Andrea Gardner Photo Credit: Andrea Gardner Facebook

Imagine being invited to a social gathering with family and friends on a cool Detroit summer night. Everyone’s having a great time gathered around the bonfire. People are laughing, sharing stories and seemingly getting along well. All of a sudden, a barrage of bullets start to ring out, everyone scatters to take cover as they run for their lives, and when the smoke settles, two people are left dead: a young woman, Andrea Gardner, who was shot in the head, and an unidentified man who was shot in the chest and died at Henry Ford Hospital.

Reports say this scenario played out on Detroit’s west side in Harry Laker Park, about 12:30 a.m.

However, there are conflicting stories about how the shooting started. Some witnesses say it was a random shooting, and some say there was an argument between several people who were at the bonfire, then someone left and came back and proceeded to open fire on the crowd.

But, police say the shooter fired about 30 shots, with a possible AK-47 assault rifle killing the pair who were both in their mid 20s. Witnesses described the scene as chaotic and said people had to take quick action and dove behind parked cars to take cover from the gunfire.

Police don’t have any leads on the shooter, and aren’t sure why the shooter opened fire on the group. An investigation is ongoing, and police are asking witnesses to come forward with any information about the shooting.


  1. AND THEN THERE WAS ONE!!🔥 on August 12, 2017 at 1:48 pm


  2. Bunny on August 12, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Truly the act of cowards.

  3. britishrose on August 12, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    this is why whites treat us so badly, we dont support each other and we kill our own all the dam time , how we gonna advocate peace and non violence when we killing like fools . martin luther king holiday should be cancelled cause his legacy is non existent we care nothing about what he died for , or what he lived for … smh and we have no real leaders al sharpton is a trump supporter so is all the rest of the so call NAACP MEMBERS . and countless black pastors , he promised them funds to their churches so they voted him in , believe me more blacks voted trump in than we think , and you wanna wonder why he got in ? laugh we cant be honest with our self we dam sho cant be honest with all the brutality we dish out

    • Jerry Washington on August 13, 2017 at 9:28 am

      I concur with much of what you said young lady it just that whites have been treating us bad long before so in reference to that comment I’ll say that I live in Suburban White Community deep here in the south I was there with Malice Green was killed in Detroit all I can say is as far as white people’s concerned it’s a no concern of mine I’m more concerned about the black on black situation that allows us to be desensitized when there’s a killing or rape in our community I’m more concerned about the fact that I kids can’t go to school and get a good education I’m concerned that I can’t walk down the street to a 7-Eleven or some other convenience store QuikTrip RaceTrac with that being fearful of being assaulted by Blackmales. God bless those people who perished in this Onslaught I pray that we come to the realization that I biggest enemy is our own people.

  4. Mason Youngblood on August 12, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    If the Federal government writes into law that anyone who uses an assault rifle in a public place gets the dealth penalty..I guarantee this type of senseless sh*t will stop drastically.

    • Jordandwhistler3 on August 13, 2017 at 1:29 am

      my neighbor’s mother in law makes $79 an hour on the laptop, she’s been out of a job for 11 months.. the previous month her profit was $21988 just working on the internet for a few hours each week.. ➤check➤ this ➤link

    • SrAgri on August 15, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Only if the states would enforce it. A lot of murders on death row die of old age.

  5. Jerry Washington on August 13, 2017 at 9:25 am

    This is yet another black on black crime the fact that black folks could get together on the westside of Detroit alone is a miracle and then this happens. This destroys our sense of Peace I’ll sense of togetherness this destroys our reality. This is telling us that we can’t get together on a warm summer night and that it’ll be alright. Two people are dead nobody’s coming for the police don’t have the answer but there’s some people in that crowd that knows who the killers are and I wonder if they would be so bold without fear and then fear is real could they at least give a hint so that we can get these people off the streets today. I Wonder If Heaven’s Got a ghetto?

  6. joe buchan on August 24, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Excellent writing. You’re skill. Pro. Sad turn of events. With an ak that was ruthless