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15-year-old to be tried as adult in boy’s shooting death in Warren

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published July 28, 2020


WARREN — A 15-year-old has been charged as an adult with second-degree murder in the July 22 shooting death of another boy at the Warren Manor apartments.  

Warren police said the teen remained held in Macomb County’s juvenile detention center following his arraignment July 28 before Judge Suzanne Faunce in the 37th District Court. The teen was not named in a release issued by the department after the arraignment.

According to the release, the teen also faces felony weapons charges.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said officers were sent to the scene of a shooting at the apartment complex east of Dequindre Road and south of Nine Mile Road at 1:05 p.m. July 22, where they learned a 10-year-old boy was shot once in the chest. The victim was transported to Children’s Hospital in Detroit, where he later died.

There were reportedly 11 minors ranging in age from 10 to 17 at the apartment at the time of the shooting, including the victim and the suspect. Dwyer said detectives interviewed nine of the children. According to the release, the suspect was identified after extensive interviews.

Warren police alleged that the 15-year-old fled the apartment and hid the gun in a car parked nearby. Investigators reached out to the teen’s mother and made arrangements for him to surrender later that evening.

Bond was set at $500,000 cash or surety at the teen’s arraignment. He will retain his own attorney, according to court records. A hearing was set for Aug. 11, after the Warren Weekly went to press, at the 37th District Court.

Warren police confirmed that the teen had been on probation for bringing a gun to school in Detroit and that the alleged shooter and the victim were cousins.

Dwyer said the investigation remains ongoing as detectives try to learn more about the apartment and how the teen got the weapon.

“It was just considered a flop apartment where they all gathered and did their thing,” Dwyer said. “It’s a tragedy. Our prayers go out to the family.”