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Woman filmed shooting at Detroit auction home charged

The Detroit News

A woman who was filmed shooting her Detroit auction home in a social media outburst this fall faced charges Thursday in the incident, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Andrea Ariel-Jones Sheppard of Waterford was arraigned in Third Circuit Court for carrying a concealed weapon and reckless use of a firearm, according to the prosecutor’s office records.

The charges stemmed from the shooting in which the mother allegedly fired at the home on Greydale that she bought from the Detroit Land Bank.

Sheppard allegedly identified herself in a profanity-laced Facebook video, which garnered more than 741,000 views before it was taken down, that captured her firing a single shot at the rundown property.

Joined by two children, Sheppard claimed in the clip the Detroit Land Bank Authority sold her a home through its auction program that later was slated for demolition.

She also argued officials tried to seize the home, leaving her no option but to live in a shelter.

But Craig Fahle, a land bank spokesman, has said officials tried to help Sheppard and the property wasn’t taken from her or targeted for razing.

The city’s home auction program, which launched in May 2014, requires buyers to meet rigorous requirements and deadlines for rehabilitating and occupying the homes.

Within six months of the closing date, a buyer must provide the land bank with a certificate of occupancy and demonstrate the house has an occupant. The policy allows the land bank to seize properties if new owners fail to hold up their end of the deal, but the authority provides extensions to those making good faith efforts on the rehabilitation.

Sheppard now faces a docket conference set for 9 a.m. Jan. 3 before Judge David Groner, according to the prosecutor’s office.