Argument leads to shooting at local movie theater

By: Nick Mordowanec | C&G Newspapers | Published February 5, 2018

 A shooting took place Sunday, Feb. 4 at the AMC Star Gratiot movie theater.

A shooting took place Sunday, Feb. 4 at the AMC Star Gratiot movie theater.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

UPDATEThe Clinton Township Police Department issued a press release shortly after 2 p.m. Feb. 5, stating that after consulting with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, the shooting suspect has been released pending further investigation. The release added that police need to talk to more witnesses and further information will be released when it is available.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Police Department is investigating a Sunday evening shooting at a local movie theater.

Clinton Township Police Capt. Richard Maierle said the incident occurred at approximately 6:20 p.m. Feb. 4 at AMC Star Gratiot 21, 35705 S. Gratiot Ave.

Maierle said that a preliminary investigation concluded that an argument ensued between a 24-year-old man and a 52-year-old man, both residents of Detroit. At some point during the altercation, the 52-year-old suspect allegedly produced a handgun and discharged it, hitting the victim in the chest area, near his collarbone.

The victim was transported to a local area hospital. On Monday morning, Feb. 5, he was announced to be in critical, but stable condition, according to police. The suspect was arrested and placed in custody, and the weapon was retrieved.

“(Both individuals were) in line and both brought their girlfriends with them,” Maierle said. “The 24-year-old smiled at the other girlfriend and the 52-year-old didn’t like it, and it escalated from there.”

Maierle said officials from his department were meeting with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office to assess possible charges stemming from the incident.

Check back for more updates as they become available.