Woman charged in Pontiac shooting that hurt bystander

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A 20-year-old Pontiac woman has been charged in a shooting that left a bystander injured last week, Oakland County Sheriff’s officials said.

Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the city fireworks display on July 1 heard gunshots coming from near South Boulevard and Woodward about 10:07 p.m., county authorities said in a statement.

“A large number of people were seen fleeing the area,” the notice read. “Several deputies responded to the scene and located numerous spent shell casings and a vehicle with fresh damage from what appears to be a bullet hole.”

Authorities contacted area hospitals and tracked down a possible shooting victim at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospital.

They learned a 28-year-old Auburn Hills woman treated in the emergency room there for non-life threatening injuries had not been the intended target and “the shooter had a previous confrontation with a different individual,” officials said.

After interviews with witnesses and investigated further, authorities identified the suspect as Marquisha Erin Rush. An arrest warrant was obtained and the Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team arrested her Thursday.

Rush was arraigned Friday in Pontiac’s 50th District Court on two counts: assault with intent to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

She has no prior criminal history and was not given a bond, the sheriff’s office said. Her next court date is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 19 in front of Judge Ronda Fowlkes Gross.