Two children were killed and four others were injured Wednesday night in Detroit after being struck by a vehicle that was being chased by police. The incident happened on the city’s east side, in the Frankfort and Nottingham neighborhood, and the suspects were arrested, according to reports.
The chase reportedly began at about 7:30 p.m. and lasted only 75 seconds. Two police officers saw two men -- one of them carrying a handgun -- in a Chevrolet Camaro, the Detroit Free Press reported, quoting Police Chief James Craig. The officers tried to pull over the vehicle however, it sped off at about 70 miles an hour causing the officers to lose sight of the vehicle, Craig added. Later, police saw a plume of smoke at a distance and found the car crashed into the porch of a house.
"The officers saw two children lying in the roadway," Craig said, according to myFoxdetroit.com. "They made efforts to resuscitate the children, then placed them in their police vehicle and they were transported,” he added.
Three other children and a woman in her 20s were injured, and rushed to a nearby hospital. According to 7 Action News, an ABC-affiliated news network, witnesses said that one of the suspects tried to flee the scene but was caught by the police. Another suspect remained in the car and reportedly suffered a broken arm.
"My understanding, right now, is that there was initial contact with the first two children, and then the Camaro continued, and then struck four additional people: three more children and an adult," Craig said, according to ClickOnDetroit.com.