Police investigate shooting in downtown Royal Oak

ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Detectives in Royal Oak are still looking for the person, or people, responsible for shooting an innocent man early Sunday morning.

It happened at 3:30 a.m. at Hookah Joe’s on Washington Avenue. Investigators tell Local 4 three people got into an argument inside.

“Two of the people involved had firearms,” said Royal Oak Police Chief Corey O’Donohue. “One of them brandished it, the other one showed it in his waistband.”

Security at the business kicked all three out, but the fight wasn’t over. According to police one shot was fired outside; the person shot at ran back inside the hookah lounge.

That’s when the other suspects got into a car and fired three to four shots into the business, hitting an employee. It’s unclear which suspect, if not both, fired the shots.

Hookah Joe’s owner Mike Shakarna identified the employee as David, saying he’s worked there for three years.

“He was next to the window, the cash register is next to the window,” Shakarna said pointing to where the shooting happened. “ He and my son were next to each other, they shot from outside and the bullet hit his head.”

Fortunately, the bullet only grazed his head.  He was treated at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and was released Sunday morning.

Now, outrage over a careless and callous shooting is growing.

“It should make every owner in Royal Oak mad and angry,” said Shakarna. “It’s going to affect everyone, not just me.”

Witnesses reported the suspects left the area in a silver or gray vehicle, likely a Dodge Charger with chrome rims, tinted windows and a dent on the passenger door.

One of the men was described as black, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall, dark complexion with a thin build. The other man was described as black, 6 feet tall, light complexion, with a medium build and long hair pulled into a pony tail.

If you know anything about this shooting or saw something suspicious Sunday morning, you’re asked to call the Royal Oak Police Department at 248-246-3500.

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