Man charged in April shooting of Ferndale teen

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published October 19, 2020

 Omar Alexander-Roman Coney

Omar Alexander-Roman Coney

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FERNDALE — A man who is suspected of firing shots at a Ferndale home in April and hitting one individual inside was arraigned recently in the 43rd District Court.

Omar Alexander-Roman Coney, 47, of Detroit, was arraigned Oct. 12 on six counts: assault with intent to murder; three counts of felony firearm, third or subsequent offense; one count of discharging a firearm at a building; and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. All charges are felonies.

The incident for which Coney is charged occurred at approximately 2:15 a.m. April 30 in the 300 block of West Bennett, which is near Woodward Avenue and Eight Mile Road. Police received numerous 911 calls for shots fired in that area. When police arrived, they found that a 19-year-old Ferndale woman had been shot four times, including once in an artery.

According to police, the investigation revealed that a person approached the home and fired several shots at the residence, hitting the teen while she lay in her bed.

“She was in serious condition,” now-retired Ferndale Police Sgt. Baron Brown previously said. “From what we’ve heard back from the Fire Department and hospital, were it not for the swift application of a tourniquet that our officers carry, that there’s a possibility she could’ve bled to death within a couple of minutes.”

Ferndale Police Community Engagement Officer Jill Mahlmeister confirmed that the woman has since recovered and is doing well.

“We believe that she was not the intended target,” Mahlmeister said. “We believe that it was somebody else that was in the household that was the intended target.”

Police continued to investigate the shooting, but it wasn’t until approximately two months later, on June 17, that authorities reportedly received a break in the case.

On that day, a shooting occurred in West Bloomfield. Coney was arrested for his alleged involvement in that incident, and he was later charged with assault with intent to murder, armed robbery, home invasion, felon in possession of firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and felony firearm.

“When that incident happened, there was (physical) evidence that linked our two shootings together, and then our detectives continued to work and they were able to identify that it was the same suspect in our case,” Mahlmeister said. “It was a big break that assisted our investigators in this case.”

The case was submitted to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office Aug. 27. Ferndale police received a warrant for Coney’s arrest Oct. 9

Coney was given a $500,000 cash or surety bond by 43rd District Court Magistrate J. Patrick Brennan. His next court appearance was scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 19, after press time. He did not have an attorney on file as of press time.

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