The story is developing and will be updated as more information is made available.
Police are investigating an incident that occurred June 11 between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. that left multiple businesses in downtown Ypsilanti with broken windows.
The incident was originally reported as a shooting involving a BB gun on a Facebook post by the Mayor of Ypsilanti. On June 14, the statement was updated to include that after investigation, it was determined that a slingshot and marble were used.
Sidetrack Bar and Grill, Jimmy Johns and Crossroads Pub, all located on Cross Street, were reportedly involved in the incident.
Abe’s Coney Island, located on Michigan Ave, was also potentially involved.
Glenda Hubbard said she was serving tables at Abe’s when the incident happened around 5 p.m.
“We don’t know what happened, we just saw shattered glass everywhere,” Hubbard said. “We heard a pop and then all the glass broke on the table … I was right there. We thought something got thrown, but I didn’t see no rocks … It just happened so fast. We didn’t even know what happened.”
Hubbard said Abe’s Coney Island did not report the incident to the police.
Jimmy Johns had one of their main windows shot at 5:35 p.m. Because it was a double pane window, only the outside glass was broken.
Chelsea Johnson, the restaurants general manager, said the incident happened so quickly, nobody saw what happened.
“There was actually a couple sitting in the lobby near the window and they didn’t even see anything,“ Johnson said. "It just happened so quickly and being that it was a car, nobody really realized … Our cameras here at Jimmy Johns don’t reach all the way out to the street, so we weren’t able to catch any footage.”
Sidetrack Bar and Grill was able to provide video footage to police according to one of the business owners, Linda French. French said the video shows a person sitting in the back seat of a Subaru and appears to shoot something at the window.
According to French, the incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. and left one of their front windows shattered.
“We were fortunate enough that the window they hit wasn’t near the seating, but it was scary because it’s a giant window,” she said. “I don’t get rattled by too much, but this was scary. 35 years of being here; this rattled me.”
A statement released on Facebook by the Mayor of Ypsilanti said police have identified a potential suspect and are confident the suspect will be apprehended.
The Ypsilanti Chief of Police could not be reached for comment.
Investigations into the incidents are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ypsilanti Police Department at 734-483-9510.