Detroit hoops coach shot to death

Charles Knott, longtime girls basketball coach at Detroit Cody High School, was killed late Tuesday night, according to a report in the Detroit News.

At 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Detroit Police report cited by the Detroit News, the driver of another vehicle pulled alongside Knott’s car in the 11500 block of Petoskey and fired multiple times, killing Knott, who was 54. Other outlets are reporting that the other vehicle was a black Jeep Cherokee.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the shooting incident took place outside the apartment buildilng where Knott lived.

Knott, a Detroit native who lived in Westland, was the girls varsity basketball coach at Detroit Cody for 20 years. The Detroit Free Press reported that after serving in the Army, Knott took his first job with the school district as a janitor and later became a coach.

Detroit Police Officer Cassandra Lewis told the Detroit News on Wednesday that the motive in the shooting is unknown and that no arrests have been made.

"It’s a shame," said Donald Anderson, the football coach at Cody told the Detroit News. "Coach Knott took pride in his job. A lot of people don’t know, but he also coached softball, too. Many of his former players kept in contact with him, some on a daily basis.

"He was the kind of guy who would make sure his players did their chores at home. He cared about them."