Mother Shot Dead After Dropping Children Off at School, Manhunt Underway

A Detroit mother was shot dead after dropping her two children off at school, sparking a widespread manhunt by police.

Detroit Police Department (DPD) officers are searching for David Hammond, 45, is a person of interest in the investigation into the woman's death at her Carlisle Street home on Wednesday morning, according to FOX 2.

Police are now searching for Hammond, whom they described as a person of interest. He is also "believed to be armed and dangerous."

During a news conference on Wednesday, DPD Chief James White said when the mother parked in her driveway, a man approached from behind and shot her dead.

DPD Commander Michael McGinnis then told reporters: "Our victim had just dropped off her children at their school, she pulled into her driveway and exited her vehicle and was about to enter her home when the assailant came from, basically lying in wait, and—armed with a semi-automatic—fired multiple shots, killing our victim."

"My heart goes out to her children, to her family, her brothers, her sister, her father. It's just an incredibly senseless act of violence against this victim."

While investigators did not confirm or speculate on a motive for the killing, they did confirm Hammond had previously been in a relationship with the victim.

Cmdr. McGinnis said: "They had a relationship, they dated for about nine months is the information we received. And there was some turmoil from that."

Chief White then added: "There's a family grieving, unspeakable grief due to this incident. To the victim's family, we're going to do everything possible."

The DPD told Newsweek that as of Thursday morning, officers were still searching for Hammond.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the DPD homicide unit at 313-596-2260, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-Speak-Up.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a database that collects information about shootings from across the U.S., some 53 women have been fatally gunned down in the city of Detroit since January 1.

Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization, said every month, an average of 57 women in the U.S. are shot and killed by an intimate partner.

It added: " Nearly 1 million women alive today have reported being shot or shot at by intimate partners, and 4.5 million women have reported being threatened with a gun by an intimate partner.

"In more than half of mass shootings over the past decade, the perpetrator shot a current or former intimate partner or family member as part of the rampage."

Hammond is a person of interest
Hammond (L) is a person of interest in the investigation. Police handout/ Getty