A confrontation over Cartier sunglasses turned violent Friday night at the popular in downtown Mount Clemens, police said.
As thousands of people left the annual fireworks display around 10:35 p.m., an 18-year-old Warren man shot a 19-year-old Detroit man in the leg on Market Street, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Saturday.
"There was a confrontation between two males," Wickersham said. "The suspect took the glasses off the head of the victim."
When the victim went to get his glasses back, the suspect "pulls out a gun and shoots him in the leg," he said.
The suspect then dropped the gun and fled. Nearby deputies, who were on hand for the event, apprehended him and retrieved the weapon. Many fireworks attendees witnessed the shooting, the sheriff said.
Police do not believe the two men knew each other before the incident.
The Warren man is being lodged in Macomb County Jail, where he will be given interim bond Sunday. He is expected to be arraigned on felony charges Monday. The Sheriff's Office said it is seeking attempted murder, armed robbery and felony firearm charges from the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office. It was not determined by Saturday morning if those charges would be authorized for this case.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.
The shooting took place as an estimated 50,000 people were in the city's downtown for the multi-day festival, Wickersham said.
"People will ask if it's still safe to come downtown and we say 'yes.' This happened in the presence of many law enforcement officers and it still didn't deter him," he said.
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