Convenience store shooting suspect fired 12-15 shots into car, detective tells judge
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 AnnArbor.com. He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at email@example.com.