An 18-year-old nursing student was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon as she rode her bicycle with friends in northwest Detroit.
Interim Detroit Police Chief James White said that Tikiya Allen “was not the intended target.”
“It appears — all indications — that she was caught in the crossfire of someone who made a horrible decision to use a weapon to resolve whatever dispute that they were having,” White said.
Detroit police released surveillance footage of a Ford Taurus with a distinctive paint job they said was a suspect vehicle.
“That type of vehicle does not come with that paint on it so the car was painted a bright red,” White said. “It had very unique rims on it and we’re asking the community for their support in identifying this vehicle.”
A 20-year-old man was also shot in the incident and was listed in serious condition. He had been sitting in a vehicle, and it’s not clear if he was an intended victim or another accidental victim.
White said police are looking for three or four suspects and asked for help identifying them.
Kai Cooks, Allen’s mother, told Fox 2 that her daughter wanted to become an anesthesiologist.
“I’m hurt I’m frustrated, I’m heartached, I’m lost for words,” Cooks said.
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[Featured image: Tikiya Allen/GoFundMe and (inset) suspect vehicle/Detroit Police Department]