Farmington Hills police investigate shooting outside local business

By: Jonathan Shead | Farmington Press | Published November 14, 2019

 Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying a dark colored SUV depicted in video surveillance in the parking lot during the time of the shooting.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying a dark colored SUV depicted in video surveillance in the parking lot during the time of the shooting.

Photo provided by Farmington Hills police

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An early morning shooting in the parking lot of a local hookah lounge left one person hospitalized Nov. 10. 

According to a press release, police received reports that a person had been taken to the hospital after a shooting at approximately 2 a.m. Nov. 10. At the time of the initial report, the specific hookah lounge was unknown to police. 

Police determined later that the shooting happened in the parking lot of Lush Hookah Lounge, 28970 Orchard Lake Road, between 12 Mile and 13 Mile roads. 

“The victim went to a hospital, and then they started notifying departments, because the person didn’t know which hookah lounge they were at,” said Farmington Hills Assistant Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez. “Officers had to go out — there was probably a two-hours delay by the time we found it. … We went back and determined that’s the time it occurred.” 

The gunshot victim is expected to survive. Rodriguez said that as of midday Nov. 13, the victim was in stable condition. No other injuries were reported. 

Approximately five other closed businesses near the hookah lounge were damaged by gunfire, Rodriguez said. The hookah lounge sits in a strip mall neighboring Rams Creations Jewelry and Gifts, Marhaba Restaurant, Jouni Meats, Best Brains Learning Center, and Patel Brothers, among others. 

An early investigation of the incident indicates that the shooting occurred after a dispute between a group of people escalated. Police believe this was not a random incident. 

Hookah Lounge employees declined to comment. Rodriguez said police spoke with employees at the hookah lounge, and they weren’t exactly sure how or why the shooting occurred. They told police they were unaware of the incident until after it occurred, and the incident was not connected to the lounge itself. 

“We haven’t had any issues with the hookah lounge, certainly not like this, in the past,” Rodriguez said. “I think we were all surprised that this happened.” 

Investigators are seeking the public’s help to identify a dark colored SUV seen in the parking lot during the incident. Detectives are also asking for assistance in identifying potential witnesses who were caught on video footage at the hookah lounge near the time of the shooting. 

“We’ve identified those people as far as them being there and possibly witnesses to what occurred, but we’re not sure who did the shooting,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve gotten nothing. We’re hoping someone else can (help us) fill in the gaps on what happened, but we’re not getting much help.” 

Anyone with information that may help police in their investigation should call the Farmington Hills Police Command Desk at (248) 871-2610. 

This recent shooting follows an incident nearby in late August, when police, at the scene of a pedestrian car crash near 12 Mile and Orchard Lake roads, were waved down by a person driving by who told police their vehicle had been hit by gunfire numerous times at the Orchard Place Shopping Center. 

DSW — 30867 Orchard Lake Road — and Bath & Body Works — 30991 Orchard Lake Road — also took gunfire damage. 

The driver was not hit by any bullets but suffered minor injuries from shattered glass and was taken to the hospital. They were treated and later released. 

No known suspects were connected to the investigation, but the driver told police they observed a dark-colored vehicle with tinted windows during the incident. Rodriguez said the department is waiting for evidence to be processed and returned from a lab for that case.  

Rodriguez does not believe these incidents are connected, and said the public should not be concerned by them. 

Most violent crimes in Farmington Hills occur between people who know each other, Rodriguez said, which strikes less cause for concern than if they were random acts of violence. 

“We’re not seeing any kind of trend that is worrying us, because these aren’t crimes that are random,” he said. “I know our detectives are working diligently. We’re looking for any and all information … and for the cooperation of the public to step up so we can find those responsible and get those guns off the street.” 

Call Staff Writer Jonathan Shead at (586) 498-1093.

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