Detroit teen accused of shooting mother arrested
Detroit — In a plea to get him to surrender, the stepfather of a 14-year-old teen told him that "he had made a bad decision" when he shot his mother numerous times after she attempted to punish him.
Orlando Grady made the appeal Friday morning shortly before police arrested his stepson, Tommie Lee Grady, in the area of Meyers and Fenkell on the city's northwest side.
Police found the teen around 10:20 a.m. Friday after receiving a tip from a citizen, later identified as Tywanna Hughes, 30.
"He came to my back porch at about 1 a.m. looking for my nephew," said Hughes, who lives on Appoline, near Meyers and Fenkell.
"He said he wanted to give him some money, but I told him my nephew was asleep."
Hughes said she hadn't heard about the shooting until she was informed later Friday morning.
"At 9 a.m. he was at my door again," Hughes said.
"I told him to wait. I thought to myself 'let me make a police report' just in case."
At that point Tommie Lee Grady fled but was captured by police a short time later. He was unarmed when he was arrested, but according to an officer at the scene, he had given the weapon to a resident in the area.
Hughes' nephew, 12-year-old Calon Costner, said Tommie Lee Grady approached him on the street Thursday evening and showed him a gun.
"He lifted his shirt up and showed me the gun," Costner said. "He said his daddy gave it to him."
Costner then asked Tommie Lee Grady if he had ever shot the weapon.
The teen replied that he shot it Thursday, Costner said.
Tommie Lee Grady also asked Costner to join a gang and showed him a bundle of cash, he said.
"I didn't know him," Costner said. "He said he lived nearby."
The teenager had been on the run since he allegedly shot his mother several times at about 8 p.m. Thursday evening in their home in the 15400 block of Wisconsin.
The teen's mother is recovering at Sinai-Grace Hospital, police said.
Although the incident is still under investigation, police believe Grady shot and wounded his mother because she was set to punish him for doing something wrong.
"I was told initially that she was going to punish him," Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt said. "He got mad and got a gun."
Police said they don't know how the weapon was obtained or who owned it.
"Tommie, we are not mad at you," Grady said in his surrender appeal to the teen Friday morning.
"We love you. Mama's OK and she just wants you to turn yourself in. I just want you to know that you made a bad decision and I just want to be able to talk to you."
Police said Friday morning that they had also detained a 16-year-old teen who was allegedly seen with Grady immediately after the shooting.
Dolunt said the unidentified teenager was apprehended by police at a house at Pilgrim and Stoepel in northwest Detroit.
"We found him hiding in the rafters of the home," Dolunt said.
"He claims ignorance about the shooting, but witnesses said they saw him with the shooter on the porch right after the shooting."
Police also recovered two guns at the home but aren't sure if they were used in the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or Detroit police at (313) 596-1200.