Taylor man charged with killing Dearborn Heights woman in double shooting

36-year-old woman killed, 32-year-old man hurt in Westland shooting

WESTLAND, Mich. – A Taylor man has been charged in a shooting that left a Dearborn Heights woman dead and a Romulus man injured.

The shooting happened June 1 in the 37000 block of Scottsdale Circle in Westland.

Officials said they were called to the scene and found a 36-year-old Dearborn Heights woman and a 32-year-old Romulus man suffering from gunshot injuries.

Both were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

The woman, identified by family as Bushra Mawry died from her injuries.

Amir Patterson, 28, of Taylor, was arrested Wednesday (June 7) without incident in Detroit.

He was arraigned Friday at 18th District Court on charges of first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, first-degree home invasion, and three second-offense felony firearm violations.

According to court records, Patterson was released on parole last December. He had been serving time for manslaughter.

Mawry’s family said she was visiting a female coworker’s residence when the shooting happened.

“Unfortunately, my sister was a victim to the failed system putting bad guys away,” Mawry’s family said in a statement.

According to her family, Mawry founded the organization Hand in Hand Yemen to help with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.


“Her main thing was helping the poor,” Mawry’s family said. “Yemen is facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Children are dying of starvation. And that was her goal was to keep children away from dying due to starvation.”

Mawry leaves behind a 12-year-old, the family said.

Patterson was remanded to jail without bond.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. June 22.

Amir Patterson (Westland Police Department)

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