Arrest made after six people shot in drive-by outside Detroit banquet hall

Detroit — Police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of shooting six people, one fatally, outside an east-side banquet hall after he checked himself into a hospital with his own gunshot wound.

The shooting outside Chalmers Banquet Hall in the 9800 block of Chalmers south of East Outer Drive happened at about 2 a.m. when the suspect drove past the facility and opened fire into a crowd of more than 100, Detroit police said. 

One or more members of the crowd fired back, striking the suspect, who drove to nearby Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe, about five miles south, police said.

Interim Detroit Police Chief James White gives details about a shooting earlier Tuesday from the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters in Detroit on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Six people were shot, one fatally, outside a banquet hall on Chalmers Street in Detroit around 2 a.m.

When the suspect checked into the hospital, staff followed protocol for gunshot cases by notifying police, which led to the arrest just before 3 p.m., Second Deputy Chief Rudy Harper said.

Detroit Interim Police Chief James White said at press conference minutes before the arrest that police had identified a suspect and expected to have that person in custody soon.

“There was some type of conflict between the parties,” White said. “This was not random.”

Police recovered at least 20 shell casings outside the banquet hall.

The homicide victim was a 30-year-old man, White said. Two other men and three women who were shot, ranging in age from 26 to 46, are expected to recover, the chief said.

“None of the other victims was in critical condition,” he said.

White said investigators obtained information about the shooting from surveillance video, but declined to say where the cameras were mounted, citing the ongoing probe. The chief also said he was withholding other details, “because we don’t want to compromise the investigation,” he said.

The Chalmers Banquet Hall hasn’t been licensed since 2013, White said, adding that city officials would begin the process of shutting it down later Tuesday.

“We’ve had a number of incidents there over the years,” he said. “It’s the responsibility of the business owner to put the necessary security measures in place.”

Shortly after White took over as interim chief on June 1, he announced a crime-fighting plan that included checking the business licenses of establishments that allowed crimes to occur on their property.

“I was serious when I said I was going to start doing that,” he said.

In March 2015, six people were shot, one fatally, in an incident at the facility. Two men were convicted in connection with the shooting, which police said was random.

The banquet hall did not appear to have a phone number publicly listed. On Tuesday afternoon, a family was holding a repast following the death of a family member, and police said out of respect no actions would be taken until the event ended at 6 p.m. The Detroit News was unable to locate an owner or manager at the establishment.

White said if the business reopens, it will have to provide security and also notify Detroit police when it is holding events that involve large crowds.

Police are asking for more information on the shooting. Tipsters who prefer anonymity can share what they know with Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 800-SPEAK-UP.