Man, 37, charged in double shooting that killed man, wounded boy, 4

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 37-year-old man faces six felony charges in a double-shooting in mid-June on Detroit's west side that killed a 28-year-old man and wounded a 4-year-old boy.

Louis Davis is charged with first-degree premeditated murder, assault with intent to murder, three counts of felony firearm and one count of firearms possession by a felon. He was denied bond at his arraignment.

Louis Davis

The shootings came on the same day Police Chief James Craig launched his "Check Yourself" campaign.

The shooting took place about 7:30 p.m. June 21 on the 9900 block of Whitcomb, south of Plymouth Road and east of Greenfield. 

"Our preliminary investigation shows the mom was going to spank the child, and the dad said, 'you're not going to whip my kid,'" said Detroit police officer Holly Lance, a department spokeswoman, at the time. "The mom's boyfriend came over and started shooting."

While the boy was initially listed in stable condition, the man was listed in critical condition initially, but later died. 

The victim's name is Antwan Esters-Douthet and he was 28. He died of multiple gunshot wounds, per the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

At the time, Craig said: "When you look at this 4-year-old boy being shot, and other recent cases, it's clear people aren't resolving their conflicts intelligently."

According to Michigan State Police numbers from 2018, arguments were the leading-known circumstance preceding homicides in Michigan, 13 percent of the time.

"We still see violence that erupts over senseless things," Craig said during a news conference announcing the Check Yourself campaign. "We want this to be a safe summer. This message is for everyone. We're not celebrating that we have a reduced number of nonfatal shootings but we're saying the shootings that we are seeing, the vast majority are because of disputes."

Davis is due for a probable cause conference at Detroit's 36th District Court on Aug. 20