Christmas Day shooting leaves man in critical condition

By: Gena Johnson | Warren Weekly | Published January 2, 2024

 Deandre Lawrence

Deandre Lawrence


WARREN — A 23-year-old Detroit man remained jailed at press time after police said he shot an acquaintance at a Warren residence on Christmas morning.

Deandre Patrick Lawrence, 23, was arraigned in the 37th District Court on Dec. 27 and charged with assault with intent to murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

On Christmas morning around 10:20 a.m. at a residence near Nine Mile Road and Hoover Road, Lawrence allegedly shot a 25-year-old man multiple times after an argument, according to Warren police. The victim was transported to an area hospital by Warren Fire Department paramedics where he remained in critical condition at press time.

“Investigators are confident that the victim and suspect are known to each other from previous contacts,” Warren police said in a press release.

“This incident does not appear to be a random incident,” said Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer.

Reportedly, on Dec. 26, the Warren police conducted surveillance of known associates of Lawrence. Officers observed him riding in a vehicle driven by a woman acquaintance and made a traffic stop near 10 Mile Road and Lorraine Avenue in Center Line where Lawrence was taken into custody without force or incident, according to police.

Lawrence entered a not guilty plea before 37th District Court Judge Steven Bieda, who set bond at $1 million cash or surety only.

According to police, Lawrence has previous felony convictions for fleeing and eluding and home invasion in Wayne and Macomb counties. He is currently in the Macomb County Jail where he awaits a probable cause conference scheduled for 8:45 a.m. on Jan. 25 in the 37th District Court.

Lawrence’s attorney of record, Marissa Kulcsar, said, “At this point in time I do not have a comment but appreciate you reaching out.”