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Posted on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 : 6:46 p.m.

Convenience store shooting suspect fired 12-15 shots into car, detective tells judge

By Lee Higgins

A man accused of firing at least a dozen shots into an occupied car outside an Ypsilanti Township convenience store earlier this month remains jailed on a $250,000 cash or surety bond.

Arndola Charles Lewis, 39, of Ypsilanti Township, was arraigned this afternoon at the Washtenaw County Jail on charges of possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon, possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of assault with intent to murder.



Washtenaw County sheriff's Detective Thomas Sinks said in court that Lewis walked up to a car at 12:55 p.m. Nov. 5 in the parking lot of the In & Out convenience store in the 1100 block of Share Avenue.

Lewis was armed with a handgun, Sinks said, and fired 12 to 15 shots into the car that was occupied by more than one person. No one was shot, but Sinks said at least one person suffered injuries. He did not elaborate. Court records allege that Lewis fired at two men.

After the shooting, Lewis left in a car and the victims left in their car, sheriff's department spokesman Derrick Jackson said. The victims' car was found nearby on Jeffery Street, but the victims weren't with it, deputies said. It's unclear when investigators located the victims.

Lewis was arrested Wednesday, Jackson said, and investigators are still piecing together what led up to the shooting.

Lewis said in court today that he lives with his mother, is unemployed and has a 12-year-old son. He was previously convicted of charges including assault with intent to rob while armed and said he served 10-and-a-half years in prison.

Lewis is scheduled to return to court Nov. 30 for a preliminary hearing. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 12:34 p.m.

I guess this is what happens when mental health insurance is being reduced.


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 4:39 p.m.

I am so glad to hear they made an arrest in this case! I live down the street from there and am disgusted by what goes on at that corner and in those apartments...Village Grove. I have lived in the area my entire life and have never been afraid...until the last few months when things have just gotten crazy! I go to neighborhood watch meetings and try to stay involved but it has gotten to the point that I have decided to just get my own gun...legally, of course. Then maybe I will safer going to the store..What a shame that we've gotten to this! As to this "man's"" guilt or innocence, we will have to wait until the evidence comes out. If it wasn't him, then he should take this as an opportunity to try to improve his life, although I don't understand why he hasn't done that before age 39. If it was him that did this IN BROAD DAYLIGHT then he is where he belongs!


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 6:33 a.m.

None of you know if Chuckie did this or not. He is not guilty just because he is accused. I will keep him and the entire community in prayer. If we really want to live in a peaceful place, we need to help young men to find new ways. Youre community doesnt get better by throwing one or two people in jail. People that are in a struggle need jobs and education. When we know better, we do better. God help us.

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 8:39 a.m.

to all the haters leave my family alone ok stop judging him cause u dont know him or my family we love our family good times and the ugly ones too


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 6:38 a.m.

I have known Chuckie for many years, and I want you to know I am praying heavily for mercy on him and this situation. Im so sorry to hear this. God bless.


Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 3:36 a.m.

Three squares, a cot, and no child support. Hallelujah!

Monica R-W

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 12:19 p.m.

Sounds like he should have stayed at home with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Let's hope after this type of incident, he is convicted and go back.

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 4:29 a.m.

monica r w he is my nephew so plz dont be the judge and the jury

Danielle lewis

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 1:18 a.m.

Everyone is entitled to ther own opinion, therefore noone is guilty until proven. He is my older brother there is no way in this life time a person could get out of a car in a well known area of Ypsi. and nobody since who did it. so you mean to tell me that the Ypd said my brother got out of a car and walked up to the an shot 12 round into the car and noone was shoot and the car was occupied with more than one peson in there. Thats just dumb if he did that in an open parking lot police said @ the time they arrived no witness said anything and nobody seen anything. dont judge him because of his past judge him if he did it and until then he is innocent. He has a family a supportive family neices nephew that love him very much. he:s not a bad person he just have made the wrong decisions in life and yes he was trying to turn is life around before he was locked up everyone knew him and yes of course there were people who disliked him just like now its only hear say that he did no evidence to prove anything.. I love him dearly and always will lil sis...


Tue, Nov 29, 2011 : 6:28 a.m.

I am praying for you, Chuckie, and your family Danielle. Im so sorry to hear this news today. God has the last say. Dont let people that dont know Chuckie get you down. They talk about what they dont even know about. Chuckie has faced some hard times, and made some bad choices in the past, but that doesnt define him. I am on my way to my knees to cry out for mercy and a chance for your brother. I have been close to him since we were very young, and I know a better person in him than what is being portrayed. Lets put our faith in God now. Thats the only one that can help.

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 8:36 a.m.

u tell em baby we know our chuck better than anybody

Monica R-W

Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 12:23 p.m.

This incident occurred in Washtenaw Cty. and particularity, Ypsilanti Township. With such, it would the WCSD and not the Ypsilanti (city) Police Department that had jurisdiction on this case. Just saying (i.e. Ypd??)


Sat, Nov 19, 2011 : 11:58 a.m.

Oh my what a sad commentary on our education system that mess is.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:49 p.m.

12-15 shots and nobody was hit? Was he shooting with his eyes closed? Why no meantion of where the gun came from, either he stole it or somebody loaned it to him and thats not legal.

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 8:37 a.m.

dont judge the book by the cover ok

Wolf's Bane

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 1:35 p.m.

Oh, he looks so happy to be home!

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 8:40 a.m.

hater u dont know my family so step off

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 4:26 a.m.

dear my land he is my nephew he did no t do this he was set up


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 4:04 a.m.

I was pleased to read my cell phone crime alert that this man has been arrested. Thank you WCSD.

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 8:40 a.m.

your cell phone told u a lie ok


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 3:59 a.m.

He was just "turning his life around", right? Probably divine intervention that kept him out of his son's life thus far and that same intervention preventing him from influencing him for the rest of his formative years..

Berda Green

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 4:26 a.m.

dearricebrnr he is my nephew like i said he di d not do this he was set up

Berda Green

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 1:51 a.m.

he is my nephew i know he did not do this


Sun, Nov 20, 2011 : 12:04 a.m.

May be if he had a little tough love from his relatives, he wouldn't be where he is now.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 6:02 p.m.

By law he is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If he did it, then lock him up for life, no parole. If he didn't do it, then he needs to get his life together and disassociate with the people that can violate his parole and chances for rehabilitation, family included. He need's to step up and take responsibility for his life and actions, otherwise he will repeat the cycle. As a resident in that area, this stuff needs to stop! We would love to get the hell out of there, but can't because of the housing market. It's becoming less and less safe in that area. WCSD needs to step up patrols and these gunman, need to learn that their issues with a person can be resolved without killing them. If they want to kill someone, then sign up to kill Al Qudea and other terrorists, not your neighbors.


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 4:52 p.m.

How exactly do you know that?


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:44 p.m.

I bet you believe he was also innocent on his prior Felony convitions

paul yaskanin

Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 1:51 p.m.

yea right


Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 6:07 a.m.



Fri, Nov 18, 2011 : 2:18 a.m.

ofcourse not!!