Police make arrest in case of shots fired on Gratiot after custody hearing

By: Brian Wells | Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 8, 2023




EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — A Warren man is facing charges for an altercation involving gunfire on Gratiot Avenue following a custody hearing Aug 1.

The custody hearing took place in the 16th Circuit Court in Mount Clemens, and according to a press release from the Eastpointe Police Department, one of the parents was unhappy with the outcome.

There was an altercation in Mount Clemens, and the other parent and family left the city and drove to Eastpointe; however, they reportedly were followed by the unhappy parent and a passenger. The incident escalated on Gratiot Avenue near Bell Avenue, according to the Police Department, and shots were fired.

One victim sustained a gunshot wound to the arm and another “sustained a graze wound to the head,” the press release states. Windows on several nearby businesses were damaged by stray bullets, and one of the involved drivers, whom police said was a victim, subsequently crashed into Grady’s Lounge, which is a short distance north of 10 Mile Road in Roseville.

The victims remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation, police said. One was taken to the hospital for treatment, while the other remained at the scene and declined further medical attention, the press release states.

The suspect, whom police identified as 32-year-old Dorea Bowling, of Warren, fled the scene but was apprehended six or seven hours later, according to Eastpointe Police Detective Lt. Alex Holish.

Bowling was arraigned in the 38th District Court in Eastpointe Aug. 3, where he stood mute and a not-guilty plea was entered by the court, according to court records. He is facing a total of 10 charges: three counts of assault with intent to murder, a life felony; four counts of felony firearm, a two-year felony; tampering with evidence, a 10-year felony; carrying a concealed weapon, a five-year felony; and weapons or firearms discharged from vehicle, a 10- to 20-year felony.

Bowling was given a $1 million cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a probable cause conference at 1 p.m. Aug. 16 and a preliminary exam at 1 p.m. Aug. 23, both in the 38th District Court. At press time, he did not have an attorney listed.