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Published on May 19, 2024
80-Year-Old Bay City Man Fatally Shot on I-75 near Saginaw, Police Investigate Targeted ActSource: Unsplash/ Scott Rodgerson

An 80-year-old man from Bay City met a violent end on I-75 near Saginaw, Michigan, when an unknown assailant opened fire on his vehicle early Friday morning, authorities said. Michigan State Police informed that the elderly victim, whose identity remains undisclosed, was driving northbound near Holland Road at approximately 4:45 a.m. when he was shot and later pronounced dead at the scene, as reported by WWJ Newsradio.

The incident led to the closure of the northbound lanes for several hours, disrupting traffic flow and commencing an exhaustive police examination of the crime scene, before lanes reopened at around 10:30 a.m., according to details from abc12, while the Michigan State Police, unlike what often transpires in films where the detective's intuition leads promptly to the suspect, have not released any information regarding a potential suspect or motive yet.

This fatal shooting, deemed a targeted act by the authorities and not a random road rage incident, adds to a growing list of homicides in Saginaw County with the majority involving gunfire; it is the 13th homicide so far this year, reported mlive.

Lieutenant Kimberly Vetter of the Michigan State Police reinforced the notion that this was an isolated affair with no ongoing threat to the public perception often aligns shootings with a pervasive sense of insecurity and randomness, this incident stands in stark contrast, Michigan State Police Lt. Kimberly Vetter assured the public in a statement obtained by mlive authorities are pursuing several leads, and they encourage anyone with information to come forward by reaching out to Sergeant Furst at (248) 514-3038 or through anonymous tipping to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-5245.