Man charged in shooting at Royal Oak hookah lounge

Deangilo Ruffin accused of shooting into 'Hookah Joe's,' injuring employee


ROYAL OAK, Mich. – A 24-year-old man is facing charges for allegedly firing shots during a fight into a hookah lounge in Royal Oak, wounding an employee inside.

Deangilo Ruffin, of Detroit, was arraigned Friday morning on charges of assault with intent to commit murder, three counts of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony and shooting into a dwelling.

His bond was set at $300,000.

Ruffin is due back in court April 1.

Police said Ruffin was part of a group of people who got into a fight early Sunday morning at Hookah Joe's on Washington Street. 

"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."

The group was kicked out of the lounge, but Ruffin is accused of firing at a man, and then getting into a Dodge Charger and firing more shots into the lounge, police said. A lounge employee was grazed by a bullet.

The second man, who was driving the vehicle, was identified but is not being charged.

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."

David was treated at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

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