A Detroit teenager will be charged as an adult for the fatal shooting of a 10-year-old boy inside of a Warren apartment complex last week, police said Tuesday.
The 15-year-old defendant, whose name is being withheld because of his age, was arraigned Tuesday in 37th District Court on three charges including second-degree murder. Judge Suzanne Faunce set bond at $500,000 cash.
"He's clearly a danger to society," Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said of the suspect. "We wanted him to be tried as an adult."
Dwyer would not comment on the circumstances that led up to the shooting.
The Macomb County Prosecutor's Office authorized the charges, which also include carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearm.
According to police, officers found Orran Baugh unconscious and bleeding from a single gunshot wound to the chest after they responded to a report of a shooting on July 22 at Warren Manor Apartments on Dequindre Road.
Warren fire crews rushed the boy to Children's Hospital in Detroit, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators learned there were 11 children in the apartment at the time of the shooting, ranging in ages of 10 to 17. Eight of them were questioned as witnesses. Police said several of the teens were cousins.
The teens initially were uncooperative with detectives, but after extensive interviews, police determined the 15-year-old suspect was responsible for the shooting.
The suspect had fled the apartment with the gun, which he hid in a nearby parked car. The weapon was eventually located by police. Dwyer said authorities are still investigating who owned the gun and how it got into the teen's possession.
According to police, the 15-year-old's mother was contacted and he turned himself in to police the evening of the shooting.
The accused shooter is being held at the Macomb County Youth Home in Mount Clemens. His next hearing date is scheduled for Aug. 11.
Dwyer extended his sympathy for the family of the victim.
"Obviously, they are devastated. This is a tragic incident. I will certainly keep them in my prayers," he said.
The shooting took place three days before another youngster was killed in Warren.
Giana Giannini, 10, was in the front passenger seat of her mother's car Saturday morning when a construction vehicle fell from a trailer onto the vehicle at the intersection of 10 Mile and Ryan roads. The little girl was killed in the crash.
Police said a backhoe loader was being pulled by a dump truck that appeared to run a stop light. When the truck crashed into the car, the impact caused the construction equipment to fall onto the car, according to Dwyer.
Giana's mother was driving her to a nearby Tim Horton's for some breakfast when the incident took place.
No criminal charges have been filed in the fatal crash. The incident remains under investigation.
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