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Footprints in the snow lead Detroit Police to suspect accused of shooting 72-year-old woman

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DETROIT -

Police in Detroit say a man broke into a home, encountered the homeowner, shot her three times and took off.

The homeowner is a 72-year-old woman, who is currently in the hospital in serious condition.

The home is located on Sussex Street on the west side of the city.

Police say fresh foot prints in the snow led them to an abandoned house, where they found a 23-year-old male and placed him under arrest.

18-year-old Scott Jackson lives in the neighborhood and is disgusted with what he sees happening.  "That should never happen, they should get a job... these young guys need to get out here and shovel some snow and do something constructive with themselves instead of hurting these women, these old ladies... you know...it's not right," says Jackson.

The victim lived in her home on Sussex for nearly 40 years.

Neighbor April Robinson offers this point of view:  "The area's good, the neighbors are good, people look out for each other..(sigh)...it's just sometimes you think you feel safe, you want to be safe, but then there's other people who doesn't care... they don't care."
    
It's becoming more and more difficult to feel safe in a city where the sounds of gunfire have become all too common, Detroit's calling card.

Detroit resident Ike Betts puts it this way: "In the city of Detroit, you hear gunshots, but in the city of Detroit, that's like a doorbell. You don't really pay it too much mind like if you were staying in Bloomfield or Ferndale."

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