BREAKING: Fatal Shooting Stops Detroit Cinco de Mayo Parade

Cinco de Mayo parade shooting crime scene, Detroit (courtesy

“A shooting at the Cinco de Mayo parade in southwest Detroit has police immediately canceling the parade,’ reports. “7 Action News has learned one person has died in the shooting. The victim is believed to be between the ages of 16 and 19 years old.” A child! “The shooting happened right in the middle of the intersection at Vernor Highway and Ferdinand. Police have one person in custody and are on scene investigating the shooting. They believe there is a gang connection in the shooting.” Which once again proves that Detroit has a gun problem. Sorry, channeled my inner Shannon there. I mean, gang problem. Not that the victim’s aunt -who saw the shooting – sees it that way, exactly . . .

“That’s why I try to tell these kids to stop this. It’s getting out of control … these kids are dying and my nephew wasn’t even in a gang. All this stuff is over gangs and he just hangs out with gang members.”

Belda Garza, a co-president of the Mexican Patriotic Committee that planned the event, expressed condolences to all concerned to “We are devastated about it and the committee our condolences go out to the family of the young man who we believe has died, even the shooter. When something like this happens it’s a tragedy for both people involved and for our community.”

Even the shooter? Where’s the sense of properly focused anger and outrage when you need it? [h/t DrVino]


  1. avatar ST says:

    It’s annoying when those gang guns start shooting.

    1. avatar RandallOfLegend says:

      When I was over in Detroit last summer they were “celebrating” 48 hours without a shooting.

  2. avatar former water walker says:

    “He just hangs out with gang “. Well there you go.

    1. avatar Puyallup Devil_Doc says:

      Beat me to it.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      I think he’s learned his lesson.

    3. avatar Taylor TX says:

      “If it walks like a duck … ” is not taught in Detroit I reckon.

    4. avatar Dav says:

      “If you lay down with dogs, don’t be surprised if you wake up with fleas.”

      1. avatar Great Scot says:

        “If you fly with the crows, you get shot with the crows.” Almost literally.

  3. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    “my nephew wasn’t even in a gang. All this stuff is over gangs and he just hangs out with gang members”

    Wait, wut?

    1. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

      Yup I am still trying to wrap my head around that one.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      They didn’t let him in yet.

    3. avatar Gunr says:

      They used to call them “Clubs”

    4. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

      In the spirit of cinco de Mayo, a Spanish truth
      “Dime con quien andas, y te dire quien eres.”

      In English-“Tell me who you walk with, I will tell you who you are.”

      1. avatar Another Robert says:

        Kudos for the topical proverb.

      2. avatar Jus Bill says:


      3. avatar DisThunder says:

        Ooohhhh…dat’s a good one. Make sure try and get that on the news site’s comments page.

    5. avatar ropingdown says:

      “Just hangs out with them…” Is that something like being an Associate rather than a Made Guy?

    6. avatar JT says:

      That’s denial if I have ever heard it.

  4. avatar iCONOCLAST says:

    Talk about your ” standing headline”

  5. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Why not a law against dope dealing murderous gang members possessing firearms? Or hell, a law against murder?

  6. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    $200 says shannon won’t go to sw detroit (hispanic gang territory) to preach her bs.

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      Well, she hasn’t been in the hot zones in Chicago, and I think that might be a hair closer to her neck of the woods than Motown.

    2. avatar ropingdown says:

      I doubt MikeBbillionaire pays well enough to justify trips to the south side. Say, that reminds me….

  7. avatar Greg Guldenschuh says:

    Perhaps Auntie does not understand that “hanging out with gang members is the same as being in the gang”.

  8. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    Yes, even the shooter; it’s probable than had he not been “raised” by sh¡ts, in a sh¡thole, that things would be different.

    Yeah, he’s the useless turd of a shooter, but he’s only mostly (ir)responsible rather than totally.

    That said, hanging with gangsters shoud qualify one for a Darwin when lo que debe suceder sucederá.

  9. avatar Sam Wright says:

    Does the aunt know his age or is just 16-19? Give condolences to the shooter he didn’t know either.
    This has to be one of the rare times that the police arrested the suspect.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      My money says she doesn’t know, may not know his name either!

  10. avatar scooter says:

    I’m not a drug dealer, I just hang out with them. I’m not in the mob, I just hang out with them. I’m not an active member of the Klan, I just hang out with them. I’m not a jihadist, I just hang out with them. Derp.

    1. avatar blackspike2710 says:

      That’s quite a bit on one plate. Your weekends must be interesting.

      1. avatar Jesus Anguiano says:

        LOL One of the best repplies I’ve seen

  11. avatar Excedrine says:

    Just another day in the life of a Detroit denizen.

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      That about sums it up!

  12. avatar Rich Grise says:

    “Condolences to … even the shooter.” Yeah, poor little innocent shooter was victimized by the big bad scary gun that sucked his hand around its grip, pointed itself, and pulled its own trigger.

    ‘scuse me. I just threw up in my mouth a little.

    1. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

      And that is EXACTLY how the local media will present it. “We look back on the tragic shooting of an innocent bystander at yesterday’s cancelled cinco de Mayo parade. The young man perished as a gun that was innocently held by a rival club member mysteriously discharged sending a bullet of armor piercer ripping through the youth. The young man holding the evil spitfire was arrested as police investigate We at WBS TV would like to take this moment to remind all of our viewers that once again we can see the Evil perpetrated on this local community by the monsters that make and distribute these machines of mayhem…..closing from the scene this is BS Gabber for WBS TV.”


      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Shouldn’t that be more like “the guilty firearm and the child it came with were arrested”?

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I ALWAYS hate when my guns do that. Really, though, old and shaky these days, but I can use that as an excuse if I miss by too far.

  13. avatar Ralph says:

    I hoe there’s no shootings at the Detroit Cuatro de Julio Parade.

    1. avatar Rich Grise says:

      Hmm. I wonder if there will be a Quatro de Hulio parade in, say, Guadalajara.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        Is there anyone left in Guadalajara?

      2. avatar Another Robert says:

        Truthfully, there probably wasn’t a Cinco de Mayo parade in Guadalajara. It’s not nearly as big a deal in Mexico as it is among the “diversity community” here in the US and their token Hispanics. September 16 is a bigger holiday, being more appropriately regarded as Mexico’s version of Independence Day. Where I live, C de M is basically a fundraising activity where the local businesses can show how culturally sensitive they are by throwing money at “the community”.

        1. avatar Jus Bill says:

          Any excuse for a sale, er, party, um parade… Oh nevermind!

        2. avatar Another Robert says:

          Yes, it pretty much was the beer companies that started it here I understand…

    2. avatar Paul G. says:

      There have been….it was about a decade back, though it was actually in late June, for the International Freedom Festival celebration.

    3. avatar ropingdown says:

      …and I’m just going to say that T-shirts with the Stars-and-Stripes are forbidden during the parade because the Quatro de Julio has a special meaning to the community. Antagonism them would be inappropriate trouble-making.

  14. avatar Jon Renguul says:

    Why are they having a Cinco De Mayo parade on the 4th?

    1. avatar Rich Grise says:

      Probably because Sunday. Presumably, 5 May isn’t an official Federal holiday yet.

      1. avatar peirsonb says:

        But given Detroit’s current economic climate most of the residents probably could have attended on Monday anyway.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Maybe they suck at math.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Common Core math. They can tell you why 4 is the new 5.

  15. avatar Craig says:

    Ralph, you have to wait for the 14th of July to get some shooting action in Mexico.

    Wait, that was 2 Mules for Sister Sara…

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Two Mules for Sister Sara sounds like a fair trade.

  16. avatar Sammy says:

    Mexican Patriotic Committee is OK, American Patriotic Committee is raciest.

  17. avatar 'Liljoe says:

    Wow, sanctimonious much? I hung out with gang members growing up in the 80’s and 90’s when my friends joined a gang, doesn’t mean I was part of it, and they had been my friends for years before that… I ended up not being a criminal and going to med school. Don’t blame the victim without more info… It’s possible he could have just been a victim… And since we don’t allow kids to own guns, even if they are more responsible than some adults we know, he may have been a victim in more ways than one.

    1. avatar doesky2 says:

      you forgot the /sarc tag

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Guess you’re lucky you weren’t shot being so innocent and all. Just sayin’.

  18. avatar SouthernPatriot says:

    Robert: You better stop that channeling of that inner Shannon. She might like it in there and stay for awhile! Remember….Sybil?

    Idiot aunt?! He just hangs out with gang members, but he is not a member of a gang! Big deal, the other gangs just don’t understand that technicality, not would they care, would they?

  19. avatar Malcolm says:

    Before everyone lets their conclusions get out of control, according to the Detroit news….

    1.. police do NOT suspect gang involvement.

    2…the weapon WAS licensed.

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      Therefor, licensing firearms is bad; they should instead be free of licensing. Q.E.D.

    2. avatar ThomasR says:

      The Liberal press reports that the gun is licensed and that the shooting wasn’t gang related. That was really fast police work.

      Hmmm: so now they can add this shooting to the list of those maniac licensed concealed carry killers. Isn’t that convenient.

      1. avatar Paul G. says:

        But was the shooter the licensed owner of the handgun? It matters.

    3. avatar LarryinTX says:

      And the murder was sanctioned? Well, I guess there’s no story here, move along.

      1. avatar Rich Grise says:

        No, it was ethnic-on-ethnic, and so not newsworthy.

  20. avatar ropingdown says:

    The most difficult thing about being poor, or being middle class but in a dysfunctional (ill or addicted) family in an iffy neighborhood, isn’t the ‘poor’ part, it’s the getting dragged down by people with nothing better to do, no goals, or lacking the ability to pursue goals. It’s the cross-fire. It’s the being harassed by often surprising “guilt by association” with someone who’s ill deeds you weren’t even aware of. It’s the frustration level that comes with the territory. People who break through that and succeed always always have some adult, a teacher, a grandmother, a neighbor, someone who helped that happen. Always.

  21. avatar Haiku Guy says:

    “That’s why I try to tell these kids to stop this. It’s getting out of control … these kids are dying and my nephew wasn’t even in a gang. All this stuff is over gangs and he just hangs out with gang members.”
    Avoid doing stupid things in stupid places with stupid people.

    Even if the kid was not a gang banger, he violated the rule above.

  22. avatar William Snapper says:

    Is anyone Really Surprised?

  23. avatar Carl Schartz says:

    Show me your friends. I’ll show you your future……

  24. avatar Ciera says:

    Keep Your Negative Comments To Yourselfs!. This Is Not A Joke. A Mother Lost A Son And A Son Lost A Father,No This Is Not Have Anything To Do With Gangs. Asap Is Not A Gang, It’s A Movement. Always Strive And Prosper. Rest In Paradise Noodles You Will Be Missed !! I Love You Big Cuzz

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