Suspect convicted in Eastland shooting

By: April Lehmbeck | Advertiser Times | Published October 11, 2011

HARPER WOODS — A suspect involved in the non-fatal shooting of two people at Eastland Center was convicted of five felony charges late last month.

Police sent information out about the conviction through Nixle.com.

“That received national attention,” acting Police Chief James Burke said. “Our detectives did a great job. Unfortunately, it took awhile to get through the system.”

Byron Jones of Detroit was 19 at the time of the shooting on Nov. 29, 2010. He was convicted late last month of three counts of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, one count of felony firearm and one count of carrying a concealed weapon. He faces a sentence of at least seven years in prison, according to police information.

While the case may have reflected negatively on the community, as it did receive national media attention, police argued that it was not an accurate reflection of Harper Woods.

This was due to two groups with an ongoing feud with one another in Detroit who just happened to run into each other at the neighboring city’s mall.

The incident took place during Thanksgiving weekend last year. Police were called to Eastland Center, where an 18-year-old and a 35-year-old had been shot with what ended up being wounds that were not life-threatening.

Two groups of men, all between 18 and 20 years old, were arguing inside the mall before members of one of the groups decided to pull handguns and shoot the 18-year-old, according to police information.

The other victim was an employee of a store in the mall who was inadvertently shot in the altercation.