Man charged in fatal shooting outside Inkster nightclub

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A man accused in the Dec. 17 fatal shooting at an Inkster nightclub was ordered to be held without bond until his case is resolved.

Rashad Bell, 28, of Ypsilanti was arraigned Tuesday at the 22nd District Court in Inkster on a four-count felony warrant, Michigan State Police said Wednesday in an update on the case. Bell faces charges of first-degree murder, carrying a concealed weapon, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and using a firearm to commit a felony, along with a habitual offender charge, fourth notice.


Rashad Bell

State police say that Joseph Franklin, 26, was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Stardust Lounge, on the 3700 block of Inkster Road, on Dec. 17 about 1 a.m.

Two men were fighting at the bar, after which the victim left the bar with his mom, according to police. Police say Bell followed the two into the parking lot and shot Franklin "once in the lower torso" with his handgun before fleeing.

State police say "it is possible that the victim and suspect are related."

Michigan State Police investigative all homicides and non-fatal shootings in Inkster, and have since 2011.