2 arrested in December double homicide
Two alleged gang members were arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in a December attack outside an east side market, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Edwin “Edboy” Lamont Mills, 26, and Carlo “Los” Dajuan Wilson, 22, each face two counts murder in aid of racketeering, two counts assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and two counts using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence causing death.
Mills and Wilson allegedly approached a vehicle Dec. 1 and opened fire in the parking lot of a neighborhood liquor store at Troester and Hayes, local and federal officials said at the time and in a Wednesday press release.
A 21-year-old male driver and 13-year-old female passenger were killed, while a 13-year-old and a 7-year-old were injured.
The accused are due in court Wednesday afternoon.
“The utter disregard for human life, including the lives of children, is simply unacceptable,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said of the shooting. “The Detroit One partners are committed to doing all that we can to end this epidemic of violence against our children.”
The Detroit One initiative is a collaboration of local, state and federal law enforcement targeting homicide and other violent crime.
Mills and Wilson are accused of being members of the 6 Mile Chedda Grove street gang, which operates in an area roughly bordered by East McNichols to the north, Houston-Whittier to the south, Kelly to the east and Chalmers to the west, according to an indictment filed against the defendants. The gang is involved in illegal trafficking of crack cocaine, heroin, pills, marijuana and other drugs in Metro Detroit and neighboring states.
Gang members allegedly use violence and intimidation tactics against their rivals, including individuals loyal to the Seven Mile Bloods and Knock Out Boys gangs. The indictment did not detail whether authorities believe the December shooting was related to gang retaliation.
But authorities on Wednesday blasted the defendants for their alleged lack of care for the victims’ lives.
“These individuals had no regard for the welfare of these children,” Special Agent in Charge David Gelios said. “(The) arrests demonstrate the continuing commitment of law enforcement to work together to make the neighborhoods in which we raise our children safer.”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig echoed Gelios’ comment.
“The children of Detroit deserve a safe city in which they may grow and thrive,” Craig said. “The Detroit One partnership is rooted in the belief that all citizens and neighborhoods deserve to be free of crime and our joint efforts to make that a reality will continue.”