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1 dead, 18 injured at block party shootings in Detroit, Philadelphia

Block parties in Detroit, Philadelphia turn violent

Detroit police said Sunday they have few leads in their investigation of a shooting at a block party that left one man dead and nine people wounded.

Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said a 20-year-old man was killed. Six men and three women, were seriously injured and transported to local area hospitals. The victims ranged in age from 21 to 46, Dolunt said.

Dolunt said the shooting occurred at a neighborhood barbecue attended by families with some small children in strollers.

"Through the grace of God, no children were shot," he said.

Authorities suspect the dead man was targeted by the shooter.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, police say at least nine people were injured at a block party when they were hit by birdshot from a shotgun. Two men are being sought in connection with the shooting.

Witnesses told police that the suspects fired down a block in West Philadelphia's Belmont neighborhood with a shotgun at least once shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday. Police say the pair then drove down the street in a sedan, firing several more shots, possibly with a handgun.

Police say the victims are a 1-year-old girl and two boys, ages 11 and 12, as well as four men and two women. A police spokeswoman says all were taken to hospitals and listed in stable condition.

One suspect is described as in his 20s with a beard and tattoos on one arm.

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UPDATES

June 21, 11:25 a.m.: This article was updated with details throughout.

The first version of this article was published June 20 at 9:30 p.m. 

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