Last week a mass shooting occurred at a barbershop in Detroit, but it was barely a blip on the news radar. The shooting took place at Al’s Barbershop, which was known for illegal gambling activity. Spokeswoman Kelly Miner says nine people were shot and two of them are confirmed dead.
Police had initially said three people were dead, but later revised that number. It’s not clear how many people may have opened fire. Police Chief James Craig told reporters that “suspects engaged a couple of victims” and that “several shots were fired.” He wasn’t sure if any victims fired back. The barbershop is in a strip mall along a major road on Detroit’s east side.
Craig says although the barbershop is a known gambling site, he doesn’t know if the shooting was gambling-related.
In contrast to Detroit’s underreported shooting, two weeks ago, a gunman fired rounds in a suburban New Jersey mall before taking his own life. There were no other casualties, but the story made nationwide headlines and special reports.
Shootings involving black people don’t often become national media stories, says ThinkProgress:
Gun crimes often occur in low-income neighborhoods with largely non-white victims, but, from the news, you’d think every shooting put the white and affluent at risk of violence. There’s an obvious reason from a producer’s perspective: They want traffic, or viewers, and think they can get more if more well-off news consumers are self-concerned with the story. But it doesn’t reflect the reality of gun violence in the United States, where black people are far more likely to be victims of gun homicides compared to their white counterparts.