One dead, nine wounded in shooting at Detroit party

WASHINGTON (AFP) - One person was killed and nine wounded on Saturday after a shooting at a party on a basketball court in Detroit where several children were present, local media reported.

Police said that one person remained in critical condition after the shooting and that they were searching for suspects, according to the Detroit Free Press. All other victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries, according to the newspaper.

Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt told the Detroit Free Press that several children were present at the party in Detroit's west end, and it was lucky that no minors were injured. He added that one person at the party may have been deliberately targeted.

"I think one individual was the target, the others just happened to be at this party," Mr Dolunt said. At least three of the shooting victims were female, the newspaper reported.

One person was detained for questioning but no one has been arrested in connection with the incident, Sergeant Cassandra Lewis, public information officer for Detroit Police, told the newspaper.

Detroit, a traditional auto-manufacturing town in the north-east state of Michigan, emerged from bankruptcy last year.

The city's sprawling west side is home to the majority of its residents.