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70-year-old HS basketball coach fatally shoots teenager during attempted robbery

Detroit Public Schools officials identified a teenager who was fatally shot Friday evening outside Martin Luther King Jr. High School as 16-year-old Michael Scott.

District spokesman Steven Wasko said in an e-mail that Scott was enrolled at the high school and had sufficient credits to be classified as a ninth-grader. The shooting occurred during an attempted robbery of a member of the girls’ basketball coaching team, Wasko said.

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Detroit Police Sgt. Eren Stephens said over the weekend that a 70-year-old man was approached by two teens near Larned and Mt. Elliott in an apparent hold-up. The man then pulled out a gun and fired shots, striking Scott and a 15-year-old who was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

The other teenager was not enrolled in Detroit Public Schools, Wasko said.

The Detroit Police Department’s homicide unit is investigating.



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