Police continue to investigate a shooting that occurred last Thursday where 11-year-old Tamaris Steward Jr. was shot in the torso and killed. The incident was part of a double shooting that occurred at a home.
As of Monday morning, Saginaw Police have interviewed nine people that they think have more information about the shooting. The Michigan State Police, ATF and Department of Corrections are all assisting in the investigation.
Steward Jr. was a sixth grade student at Carrollton Middle School. Carrollton's superintendant will be holding a crisis counseling session this morning. Carrollton Middle School wrapped up classes for the summer on Wednesday.
The other victim was a 66-year-old man named James Owens and police have confirmed that he was shot in the shoulder.
At last report, Steward and Owens are grandson and grandfather. There was also a 17-year-old girl in the house at the time who was identified as Steward's sister.
Both victims were taken to Covenant Healthcare. Steward was pronounced dead at the hospital. Owens is expected to fully recover and is already out of the hospital.
The incident occurred at a home on the 2100 block of Whittier Street at around 1:30 a.m. where officials say the suspect approached the home with a rifle and opened fire. There were reportedly four people in the home at the time of the shooting.
Department Detective Sgt. Joseph Dutoi confirmed that 14 total rounds were shot into the house. Shell casings from the rifle were found on the ground in front of the house. The family members have been interviewed for potential suspects. Police believe the shooter acted alone but no suspect information has been released.
Several family members and friends were gathered outside Covenant when the two victims arrived.
This incident comes on the heels of a four-year-old being shot in the arm during an incident in Saginaw on Monday. The Sagianw area has experienced a rash of recent gun violence over the last two weeks.
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