In Macomb County Circuit Court Sept. 23, Charles Alam was sentenced to time in the Michigan Department of Corrections. Last year, he fired shots toward HUB Sports Bistro in Macomb Township.

In Macomb County Circuit Court Sept. 23, Charles Alam was sentenced to time in the Michigan Department of Corrections. Last year, he fired shots toward HUB Sports Bistro in Macomb Township.

Photo by Alex Szwarc


Man who fired at Macomb Township bistro sentenced

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 11, 2021

Advertisement

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Charles Alam said he intends to grow mentally and spiritually in prison.

On Sept. 23, Alam was sentenced in connection to a shooting incident at a Macomb Township bistro.

For the two charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, he was sentenced to between 10 and 48 months in the Michigan Department of Corrections; for one count of felony firearms weapons, he was sentenced to two years in prison. Those sentences will run consecutively. For the charge of discharging a firearm into a building, he was given between 18 and 120 months in prison.

Macomb County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Eric Sterbis requested Alam pay over $2,800 in restitution — a motion that was granted. Five counts were dismissed.

At the sentencing, Alam’s attorney Jack Jaffe asked the court for the sentencing to not exceed two-thirds of the sentencing guidelines.

Jaffe argued that his client should receive rehabilitation, indicating he did not have a prior record.

The 23-year-old Alam addressed the judge, apologizing to victims and others affected by his misguided behavior.

Macomb County 16th Circuit Court Judge Michael Servitto noted that others have described Alam as having a kind soul.

Servitto said the charges Alam pled to do not involve him intending to commit the crime of murder or inflict great bodily harm.

In July, Alam pled no contest to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, weapons felony firearm and discharging firearms in or at a building.

Alam was charged in this case with eight felonies and one misdemeanor.

In June 2020, police responded to the HUB Sports Bistro, located on the southeast corner of 21 Mile and Garfield roads in Macomb Township, on a report of shots fired.

Alam has been in the Macomb County Jail since the incident.

He was allegedly asked to leave the bistro but later returned, firing a couple of shots from a shotgun — one at the rear door as a staff member was exiting and a second at a vehicle in the parking lot.

Alam allegedly threatened to “shoot up” the building after he was escorted out of the bar earlier by security.

No staff members were injured after the shots were fired, and Alam allegedly drove off and returned minutes later, firing a second shot and striking a patron’s car in the lot.

Advertisement