Thursday, July 23, 2020

Suspect facing multiple charges in mall shooting

Gregory Travis Jones
A Detroit man is facing 15 criminal charges in connection with a non-fatal shooting reported at Westland Mall July 9.
According to the office of Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Gregory Travis Jones, 24, is facing charges including two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, two counts of felonious assault, discharge of a firearm in a building, carrying a concealed weapon and seven counts of felony firearm.
The charges stem from an incident reported at 5:38 p.m. July 9 when Westland police officers, as well as officers from other law enforcement agencies, responded to a call about shots fired inside Westland Mall.  Witnesses told officers the shooter met with some acquaintances while in a store in the mall. 

A subsequent discussion among the group escalated into an argument and the defendant drew a weapon and initially fired it into the air and then fired the weapon toward the fleeing acquaintances, according to investigator's reports.
The bullets struck and shattered the store display window and two bystanders immediately outside of the store were hit with glass shards, according to police reports.
The defendant fled the scene on foot and police officers searched the mall in an attempt to immediately locate him, police said.
An investigation by Westland police officers and the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Apprehension Team located the defendant and placed him under arrest July 13. Westland investigators are continuing the investigation and attempting to identify the other individuals pictured in surveillance video of the incident. Police said that the incident was not a random act of violence and that the parties involved had interactions prior to the confrontation at the mall. Police have requested anyone with information about the incident contact the detective bureau at (734) 467-7914.
Jones was arraigned July 13 in 18th District Court and received a $1 million cash or surety bond from Judge Mark McConnell. Should he post bond, he will be required to wear a GPS tether and remain in his home.
The Probable Cause Conference in the case is scheduled for July 23.