Eastpointe bar shooting suspect charged with murder following victim death
Eastpointe — A suspect arrested in the Last Call bar shooting early Saturday was arraigned Tuesday on charges including assault and murder.
Lenny Whitfield, 47, of Detroit was arraigned in 38th District Court Judge Carl Gerds III in Eastpointe on five counts of assault with intent to murder, five counts of felony firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.
After one of the victims, Jaren Glenn's death, Whitfield was arraigned on amended charges Wednesday including one count of first-degree premeditated murder and will be held without bond.
The five counts of assault with intent to murder are punishable by life or any number of years. The other charges each carry five consecutive year penalties.
Whitfield's probable-cause conference is scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 30, and his preliminary exam is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 5.
The shooting took place outside the bar at 15163 10 Mile. Prosecutors allege that Whitfield, near closing time Saturday, was escorted out of Last Call bar in Eastpointe.
At 1:40 a.m., Whitfield is accused of walking toward the bar from the parking lot carrying a beer. After being told he could not enter the bar, he scuffled with the bouncers, prosecutors said.
About 15 minutes later, he pulled out a handgun from his car and opened fire on the patrons of the bar, prosecutors say.
Prosecutors said he fired at least six shots, striking six people. He then ran back to his vehicle and fled the scene.
A 34-year-old man was struck in the head and remained in critical condition at St. Johns Hospital; one woman was shot three times. Police believe at least one of the bullets struck multiple victims.
Police tracked down the SUV to a home in Detroit near Warren and Moross. The vehicle was registered to Whitfield, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said they arrested Whitfield and found a handgun they described using the same caliber of bullets as the bullet casings recovered at the shooting scene. At the time, Whitfield had injuries and clothing that matched eyewitnesses' accounts, prosecutors said.
"This obviously was a terrifying experience for the patrons of the Last Call bar," Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said. "Eastpointe Police did a remarkable job coordinating with Detroit Police to secure a location on the suspect and his vehicle as quickly as they did.
"My office has already begun working diligently with Eastpointe Police to hold this defendant accountable for his violent actions. Our prayers remain with the victims and their families during this difficult time."