Man ordered to trial in shooting of 3-year-old girl

Oralandar Brand-Williams
The Detroit News

The man accused of shooting a 3-year-old girl in the head during an argument with another man at a westside Detroit gas station was bound over for trial Tuesday in the shooting.

Exel Taylor, 24, was bound over by 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King in the shooting outside a gas station around 3 p.m. April 7 in the 15900 block of Livernois.

The child’s mother had driven to the gas station and the child, London, was inside the vehicle with her when they saw two men arguing. The mother decided to stay in the car.

Shooting erupted between the men, one of whom was identified as Taylor, and the mother and the child were caught in the crossfire. One of the men took cover behind the mother’s car.

Taylor was charged with three counts of assault with intent to commit murder, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a weapon with unlawful intent and four counts of felony firearms. Two of the lesser charges, both weapons violations, were dismissed.

The child’s mother testified at the preliminary hearing. The girl still has a bullet lodged in her head and faces another surgery for her injuries in the shooting.

King scheduled Taylor for an arraignment on information May 1.

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