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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - Police say it was a drug deal gone wrong. Jackson officials are investigating a double shooting in the 900-block of Russell Street Monday night. Two men shot each other. One is at University of Michigan hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Russell Street resident Michael Emerson says he heard 5 or 6 shots that he thought were firecrackers.
"My daughter's boyfriend, he comes in the house and says somebody's been shot over there on the sidewalk," Emerson said.
It happened about 7p.m. Monday night. Police say they believe a 37-year-old man from Albion was attempting to purchase marijuana from a 20-year-old Jackson man. Something went awry and the two started to argue. The Jackson man fired a bullet at the man from Albion that grazed his head. Somehow, police say, the Albion man managed to get the gun and shot the 20-year-old in his torso once and several times in his lower extremities.
Deputy Chief John Holda tells 6 News the two men did not live in the neighborhood.
"We believe that they met up at another location in Jackson and then they drove to that area where they were going to consummate the deal and it went sour from there," Holda said.
The Albion man was treated at and then released from Allegiance Hospital. The Jackson man was transferred to University of Michigan for medical treatment where he remains in critical condition.
Emerson was disappointed a shooting happened practically in his backyard. He said in his day, men settled scores with their fists.
"Then they walk away with either a black eye or a bloody nose or something, you know. But nowadays, the only answer is a gun in their hand. They have more guns than the police do," Emerson said.
Police are still investigating the incident. No arrests have been made, yet. People with information are urged to contact the Jackson Police Department at (517) 768-8700.
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