Man charged in Highland Park death due in court

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 27-year-old Detroit man, arrested and charged last month in connection to the late March shooting death of a mother of three and the non-fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in Highland Park, is due in Wayne County Circuit Court for an arraignment on information Thursday morning.

The shootings took place at a late-night party Easter morning on the 12500 block of Woodward in a social space that was rented out for a birthday party. Authorities say about 100 people were in the space that night when two groups of men started pushing one another.

One of the men took out a pistol and shot into the crowd at about 1:30 a.m. Tiffany Cook, a 27-year-old mother of three, was killed. Police believe that man is Anthony Danard Moore.

In the commotion, partygoers emptied onto the streets and scattered. The shooter, firing with the gun pointed sideways, shot behind him as he ran west on Highland. Two of those bullets hit a pregnant 25-year-old woman in the leg. She survived, and identified Moore as the suspect in a photo array, said Detective Paul Thomas of the Highland Park Police Department.

Moore is charged with open murder, possession of a weapon by a felon and felony firearm charges, according to court records. He also had been charged with assault with intent to murder, but that charge was thrown out at his preliminary examination on May 3, records show.

Moore’s arrest, on April 7, was the result of a collaboration between the U.S. Marshals Service and Highland Park police, Thomas said.

Moore was tracked down to the area of Gratiot and Conner, on Detroit’s east side, Thomas said. Authorities waited for “an opportune time” and arrested him during a traffic stop, Thomas said.

The arraignment on information will take place 9 a.m. Thursday in the courtroom of Judge Mark Slavens, records show.