Hookah Joe employee shot after confrontation

The Detroit News

Royal Oak — Police are searching for two men believed to be involved in the shooting of an employee at a downtown business early Sunday.

The victim, an employee of Hookah Joe on Washington, received a minor head injury about 3:30 a.m. after an argument among three patrons, who were escorted out of the building by security, Lt. David Clemens said. The victim was not involved in the argument and was “struck by a passing round.”

One man with a handgun and another, who indicated he had a weapon in his waistband, were walking to their vehicle parked nearby on South Washington when one fired at the lounge, striking the victim, before getting into his vehicle, police said.

“The initial investigation has determined the suspects fired one round ... then pulled their vehicle in front of Hookah Joe’s and fired three to four more rounds into the lounge,” Clemens said in a news release.

There were numerous other people in the business but no other injuries, police said.

Witnesses told police the men fled in a silver or gray vehicle, likely a Dodge Charger, with chrome rims, tinted windows and a dent in the passenger side door.

About 4 p.m. Sunday, opening time at Hookah Joe, South Washington was empty. A man inside the bar said the lounge was not open, despite the time.

He said he was waiting for the owner to show up to determine whether they would open.

Outside the bar, no yellow police tape was noticeable to indicate a shooting had happened more than 12 hours before.

Anyone with information about the incident, the two men or the vehicle is asked to call police at (248) 246-3500.