One dead, 5 injured, suspect arraigned in shooting at Eastpointe bar

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 14, 2019 | Updated October 16, 2019 11:03am

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EASTPOINTE — Six people were wounded by gunfire at approximately 2 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Last Call Bar in Eastpointe, located in the area of 10 Mile and Hayes roads, and one of the shooting victims died Oct. 15, police confirmed.

According to the Eastpointe Police Department, an argument inside the bar escalated and spilled out into the parking lot, where one of those involved pulled out a gun and began shooting. The shooter then fled the scene in a vehicle.

“An intoxicated patron was removed from the bar. He had an altercation with the bouncer,” Eastpointe Director of Public Safety George Rouhib said. “As a result of that incident, the suspect came back and fired into a crowd. At the same time, a number of women were arguing in the parking lot, and several of them were shot. That argument had nothing to do with the shooting, but several of them were among those injured.”

Although police initially reported that there was a fatality at the scene, all six victims were transported to local hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to critical. Eastpointe police officials confirmed that one of the victims, Jared Alan Glenn, died Oct. 15 as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.

On Oct. 13, Eastpointe detectives announced that they had taken a person of interest into custody in connection with the shooting.

“Our officers have been working around the clock interviewing witnesses and following leads,” Eastpointe police wrote on social media. “As a result, we have one person of interest in custody who is being held at the Eastpointe Police Department. The case is ongoing and no other information will be disclosed at this time. Our deepest condolences go out to all the victims and their families. We will not rest until justice is served.”

Lenny Jessie Whitfield, 47, was arraigned Oct. 15 in 39th District Court. He was charged with five counts of assault with intent to murder, five counts of felony firearm and one count of firearm — possession by a felon. He was given a $5 million bond, cash or surety.

A message was left with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office regarding how the charges might be amended following Glenn’s death.

Whitfield's next scheduled court dates were a probable cause conference at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, and a preliminary examination at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. John Gerlach, Whitfield’s attorney, could not immediately be reached for comment.

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