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Shooting At Mount Clemens Fireworks Over Sunglasses

An 18-year-old Warren man was arrested Friday night after a shooting at the Stars and Stripes Festival in downtown Mount Clemens.

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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Mike Hunt July 02, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Now you know why I carry a gun everywhere I go.
Mike Hunt July 02, 2012 at 02:51 AM
You must be kidding?!?!? Why must I alter my lawful behavior because of what a criminal wants to do?!?!? Just because you like to dress in rags doesn't mean the rest of society has to.
Dagmar VanSlyke July 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I wouldn't "blame" anyone for not jumping in there and "helping". The kid was carrying a gun after all. Ok, there might be some crazy ppl like you and I out there that would have done something silly like that, but why risk even more peoples health? And who knows, if he would have pulled that trigger again, the bullet might have been fatal.
Karen July 03, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I agree with you Richard!!!
Dennis July 03, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Dagmar, the shooter dropped the gun immediately after the shot and fled on foot.

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