Detroiter charged with shooting 2 adults, hurting 2 kids

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Detroit — A Detroit man was charged Friday with shooting two adults and assaulting two children, officials said.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said Daryl Michael Edwards, 24, has been charged with assault with intent to murder, home invasion, assault with intent to do great bodily harm and possessing a firearm during a felony.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison for the assault with intent to murder charge.

Authorities accuse Edwards of shooting a 29-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man as well as injuring an 8-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl Tuesday at a home on Detroit's west side.

Police officers were called about 5 a.m. to a house in the 7190 block of Mackenzie near Joy and Livernois.

They found a man and woman with gunshot wounds. They also found a boy with stab wounds to his ear and hand and a toddler with an injury to her nose, officials said. Another child who had been in the home, an 11-year-old boy, had escaped and called 911.

Prosecutors allege Edwards shot the man multiple times and shot the woman in the head. They accuse him of cutting the boy with a knife and hitting the 3-year-old, who is his daughter.

The attacker had fled the scene. Investigators arrested Edwards the next day at a home in the 19000 block of St. Mary's in Detroit, about seven miles north of the shooting site.

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According to officials, the 29-year-old woman is Edwards' ex-girlfriend, whom he allegedly threatened at least twice before.

"The allegations in this case are unsettling because, in this defendant’s world, being rejected meant that his ex-girlfriend and her male friend should be violently assaulted," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. "And if there were children in the vicinity — even if one of them was his own child — so be it.”

In 2017, Edwards was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence. He pleaded no contest and was sentenced to three years of probation.

Edwards was arraigned in 36 District Court before Magistrate Millicent Sherman. A probable cause conference has been scheduled for July 19, and a preliminary examination is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 26. Both will be before Judge Lynise Bryant. 

He has been remanded to the Wayne County Jail.

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