Man Charged in Random Detroit Shootings That Killed 3

Three people were killed and a fourth was injured during the course of about two hours last weekend in Detroit, and a 19-year-old male was charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday.

Later that day, Dontae Ramon Smith appeared in 36th District Court to be arraigned on three counts of murder, as well as assault and firearms charges. Magistrate Jeffrey Kleparek issued a no bond ruling for Smith, citing his “risk to the community” status and worries about Smith’s mental health.

Man Charged in Random Detroit Shootings That Killed 3
Man Charged in Random Detroit Shootings That Killed 3

It is not an exaggeration to say that this defendant “reigned true terror” on the inhabitants of northwest Detroit on Sunday morning, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement announcing charges. Everyday life ground to a halt as he traveled east in search of his next victim.

On Sunday, after spending 12 hours hunting for the man, police apprehended him without incident inside his home based on information provided by a friend or family member. The police stated that a firearm was recovered that matched casings discovered at the crime scenes.

Police Chief James White of Detroit has stated that the suspect in question “terrorized our neighborhood” and may suffer from a mental disorder.

After a 28-year-old man was shot and killed less than 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from a police station at around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, Mayor Mike Duggan said the suspect may have felt emboldened since he did not encounter any cops. Duggan said that nobody dialed 911 at that ungodly hour.

According to the prosecutor’s office, officers discovered the body of a guy in the church’s entrance.

A woman was found shot approximately three blocks away from the original shooting about 30 minutes later. She is still a mystery because no one knows who she is.

Lari Brisco, a 43-year-old single mother of five, was shot numerous times while waiting for a city bus. There was a double fatality involving ladies.

Then, at around 7:10 a.m., John Palik, 76, was walking his dog when he was shot in the leg. The dog’s paw was shot. They both made it.

According to WXYZ-TV, after the fourth shooting, an armed witness noticed the suspect and fired his own firearm at him.