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$100K reward offered in shooting death of Mich. teen

DETROIT -- A $100,000 award is being offered for information that helps solve the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old girl in Detroit, reports CBS Detroit.

Police say a gunman repeatedly fired a gun at a car Dec. 22 while Paige Stalker, of Grosse Point Farms, and four other teens were inside it.

Stalker was killed. Three others, a 16-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl -- suffered gunshot wounds.

The incident occurred just a few blocks past the Detroit-Grosse Pointe Park border, and most of the five teens in the car were from the Grosse Pointe communities. According CBS Detroit, investigators believe the shooting may have resulted from a drug deal gone bad.

The reward was announced Monday by the head of the Detroit Crime Commission, a private agency that serves as liaison between police and the public. The director, Andy Arena, says the donations are coming from families who knew the teen and didn't want to be identified, according to the station.

It is reportedly one of the largest rewards he has seen, Arena told reporters.

Tipsters interested in collecting the reward money will have to leave their name and phone number at 313-596-2663. Police will try to keep the tipsters anonymous, but they will have to be vetted, Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt told the Detroit Free Press.

The shooting was reportedly not a random act of violence, officials told reporters last week.

"The area is very desolate and empty," said Deputy Chief Renee Hall.

Police are searching for the gunman, described as a male about 6 feet tall, wearing a bulletproof vest and camouflage.

"When suspects are wearing body armor, it tends to suggest that they're out looking for some crime to get involved in. Particularly if they're armed, they're looking for violence," Police Chief James Craig told reporters last week. "Again, that part of it is a little murky, we're not really clear."

The reward is different than the reward being offered by Crime Stoppers, according to the paper.

Anyone with information can also contact police at 313-596-2200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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