Saniyah Pugh, 11 years old, was playing with a family member inside her grandmother’s home in Detroit on Saturday night when she was struck by a bullet fired from outside.


“There is no emotion at this time. I’m numb, I’m broken. Saniyah’s grandma, Lawanda Melton, said, “I’m at a loss for words.”

The toddler was fatally shot at approximately 10:15 p.m. in the 20200 block of Goulburn, just south of 8 Mile.


The violence that is devastating neighborhoods and families infuriates community activists.

Sandra Turner Handy, the head of the 9th Precinct’s Community Relations Council, stated, “It’s time for us to stop sobbing all the time with the chief about our babies being shot – she was 11 years old and doing nothing except having fun being a child.”


Chief James White stated that two people are in custody as the investigation continues.


“The cops remained at the scene of the crime. “They were able to follow up on a number of leads and obtain a number of search warrants, and we currently have one adult and one child in custody,” he added.

“Was the dwelling a target? What are the facts? We must be cautious because we are working an angle on this case that we are very certain is accurate, but we do not want to jeopardize our investigation.


White reported that police have seized guns, but have not yet linked them to the crime.


Police desire a stop to the violence. “Just be at a point when enough is enough, and we’ll do everything in our power to make sure this is the last one,” White added.


The family of Saniyah has established a GoFundMe page.

How did Saniyah Pugh die?

Saniyah Pugh was killed by a stray bullet fired from outside her home.