Two injured in apartment building drive-by shooting

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published September 20, 2021

 Two people were injured in an apartment building drive-by shooting in Shelby Township the afternoon of Sept. 4.

Two people were injured in an apartment building drive-by shooting in Shelby Township the afternoon of Sept. 4.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Two people were injured in a drive-by shooting at an apartment building in Shelby Township during the evening of Sept. 4.

At approximately 6:50 p.m. Sept. 4, a 911 call was received from a woman reporting that her apartment in the Spring Hill Apartments, near Ryan and West Utica roads, had been set on fire and that a man had also been shot.

Officers arrived to find a man in a second-story apartment with a gunshot wound to the back. A second victim was found outside the building with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. 

Shelby Township Police Detective Lt. Patrick Barnard said officers were called and arrived, and they were able to locate the two shooting victims.

“The reported fire had already been extinguished and emergency aid was immediately given, and both victims were transported to the hospital. Witnesses told police that a driver of (a) silver sedan had driven (past) the apartment building and had fired multiple shots at several people standing outside the apartment and those standing on a second-story balcony,” he said in an email.

He said that the same vehicle then circled around the building before shooting a second victim standing next to the street before fleeing the scene. 

“The investigation showed that a fire was purposely set in the hallway of the second-story apartment outside one of the victim’s doors. Callers also reported that a fire was started in building No. 9 of the complex,” he said.

Gunshots were then heard moments later as the driver of the sedan passed that same apartment and opened fire. The suspect left the scene in an unknown direction, driving a silver sedan.

Both shooting victims were immediately transported to Troy Beaumont Hospital. The female was listed in stable condition, while the male was listed as critical.

At approximately 9 a.m. Sept. 5, Shelby Township police confirmed that the suspect involved in the shooting at the Spring Hill Apartments had been arrested by the Detroit Police Department. The suspect was taken into custody after allegedly committing additional felony crimes in both Eastpointe and Detroit.

“Members of the Macomb County C.O.M.E.T. Task Force, Michigan State Police Fugitive Task Force and members of both the Eastpointe and Detroit police departments assisted in the investigation and apprehension of the suspect,” Barnard said.

At 9 a.m. Sept. 9, Reshawn Davonta Cannon was arraigned at the 41A District Court on multiple felony charges in connection with the shooting. He faces four counts of assault with intent to commit murder; first-degree arson; felony firearm; and receiving or concealing a stolen motor vehicle.

Cannon, 24, was given a $500,000 cash or surety bond in Macomb County. At press time, Cannon had a $1 million bond in Wayne County and was being held in that county’s Andrew C. Baird Detention Facility on two counts of carjacking and one count of fleeing a police officer-second offense.

In Eastpointe’s 38th District Court, Cannon is charged with carjacking; second-degree arson; malicious destruction of personal property greater than $1,000 and less than $20,000; second-degree home invasion; assault with intent to rob while armed; felony firearm; and third-degree fleeing a police officer. He was scheduled to appear in 38th District Court for a probable cause hearing Sept. 21, which happened after press time.

He was scheduled to return to 41A District Court Sept. 23 for a probable cause conference. His attorney, Elisha M. Oakes, could not be reached immediately for comment.

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