PONTIAC, Mich. – A Pontiac man has been charged with trying to kill a man who says he was breaking up a fight outside a bar, police said.
The shooting happened early Thursday morning (Oct. 14) in the parking lot of Satch’s Place bar on Baldwin Avenue in Pontiac, according to deputies.
A 22-year-old Waterford Township man told police he was trying to break up a fight between multiple people in the parking lot when he heard gunfire and realized he had been shot in the leg.
Surveillance video from the parking lot showed a group of mostly men fighting, including the 22-year-old, police said.
Tyaun Delon Nelson, 29, was seen in the video walking out of the lot into some nearby trees, returning with a handgun and firing a single shot, according to authorities.
All the participants ran away after the shot was fired, police said. At one point, Nelson can be seen wearing a red hat, according to deputies.
Another man took the 22-year-old to a nearby hospital, where he is stable, officials said.
Deputies said they found a single shell casing, a black jacket and a red hat at the scene.
“More and more, across America, we are seeing individuals resort to gratuitous, unnecessary and absurd violence,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “When we see this in Oakland County, they will be held accountable.”
Nelson was arrested Friday without incident and interviewed by detectives from the Pontiac Sub-Station, police said.
He was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault with intent to murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of possession of a firearm while in the commission of a felony.
A conviction on the assault with intent to murder charge could carry a lifetime prison sentence, according to authorities.
Nelson is being held at the Oakland County Jail on $25,000 cash bond.
He was convicted in 2016 for larceny in a building in Chesterfield Township, records show.