Teen held, one sought in killing of mom picking up son

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A 17-year-old has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Detroit mom shot to death Wednesday after picking up her son from basketball practice, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Thursday.

Ralph Anthony Marshall

Ralph Anthony Marshall has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Erica Garner. She was shot to death around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at East 8 Mile and Ryan when, according to authorities, Marshall approached her with a gun and tried to steal her car. He shot Garner in the head.

Marshall fled on foot and was arrested at a bus stop minutes after the shooting.

Worthy has charged Marshall with felony murder, carjacking and felony firearm. He was arraigned Thursday and remanded to jail. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 5 and a preliminary examination at 9 a.m. Feb. 11 before 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King.

Police said earlier Marshall also is a suspect in a carjacking and non-fatal shooting Saturday in the 14400 block of Edmore on the city’s east side, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said.

“While we were typing out a warrant to get him in custody for that carjacking, he did this,” Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt said.

He has no prior criminal history, Craig said.

Police are also seeking another 17-year-old who they say is an associate of Marshall’s. They released a picture of the person of interest Thursday, but did not name him.

At about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a witness called 911 to report she’d been flagged down near East Eight and Ryan by Erica Garner, who asked her “to call the police because she was shot,” Detroit police officer Nicole Kirkwood said.

Garner was found bleeding inside her car and the driver’s side window was shattered, Kirkwood said. A man was spotted near the window at the time of the shooting, Officer Dan Donakowski said. She was picking up her 11-year-old son.

Police are looking for a 17-year-old in connection with Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a Detroit mother on the city’s northeast side.

Garner was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival.

“This is a heinous tragedy that affects all of us as a community,” Craig said. “Ms. Garner was an outstanding citizen and an extraordinary mother who took painstaking measures to ensure that her son had a chance at a good life by enrolling him in organized sports.”

Garner worked at the TACOM plant in Warren, Craig said.

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has information on the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Michigan at (800) SPEAK-UP; or the Detroit Police Homicide Section at (313) 596-2260.


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Detroit News Staff Writer Oralandar Brand-Williams contributed.