Suspect arraigned in Royal Oak bar shooting

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

A 24-year-old Detroit man was arraigned Friday in connection with a shooting that injured an employee at a downtown Royal Oak business last weekend.

Deangilo Ruffin appeared before Judge Derek Meinecke of 44th District Court in Royal Oak on two counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of firing a gun causing injury and three counts of felony firearm possession.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted of assault with intent to murder.

Police believe Ruffin fired shots around 3:30 a.m. Sunday at someone outside of Hookah Joe’s on Washington after an argument among three patrons. Ruffin and another man were kicked out of the building.

As Ruffin and the other man walked to their vehicle parked on South Washington, Ruffin allegedly fired at the lounge hitting the employee.

The employee suffered a minor head injury, police said.

“The suspects... then pulled their vehicle in front of Hookah Joe’s and fired three to four more rounds into the lounge,” Clemens said earlier this week in a news release.

No one inside was injured, police said.

The men fled in a silver or gray vehicle. The driver has been identified, but will not be charged, police said.

Meinecke set bond at $300,000. Ruffin is scheduled to return to court April 1.

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