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Posted on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Police release name of Ypsilanti Township man wanted in fatal shooting

By John Counts

A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of the 34-year-old Ypsilanti Township man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting Wednesday of Bhagavan Allen in Ypsilanti.


Leonard Ware

Police are looking for Leonard Lamont Ware, who was Allen's co-worker at Marsh Plating Corp. He is charged with homicide/open murder, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon by a felon and the commission of a felony with a firearm.

Ypsilanti police Sgt. Thomas Eberts said police are currently searching a wide-ranging area for Ware.

"We've been questioning family members and people close (to Ware)," Eberts said.

So far, the information gleaned from the interviews hasn't been substantial enough to lead police to Ware.

Police believe Ware shot Allen on South Grove Street near South Street about 4 p.m. Wednesday following a dispute at work over job performance. Huron Valley Ambulance paramedics took Allen to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Superior Township, but he died on the way, police said.

The pair argued as they walked down South Grove on opposite sides of the street about 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to police. Allen crossed the street as the men approached the South Street intersection. He might have been expecting a continuation of the wrestling-type of physical contact the two were engaged in earlier at plant where the two worked and the fight started, police said.

The 34-year-old suspect is accused then of stepping between a tree and a fence to pull a .45 caliber handgun and fire two shots at Allen, which knocked him to the ground in the bike lane of the street. The suspect then allegedly stood over Allen’s fallen body and shot three or four more rounds at him, police said.

Police plan on issuing a "wanted" poster later Friday afternoon.

Anyone with information regarding Ware's location is asked to contact Det. Sgt. T.C. Eberts at (734) 482-9878 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAKUP (773-2587).

Editor's note: Ware is from Ypsilanti Township, not Superior Township. The headline and story have been corrected.

John Counts covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


Superior Twp voter

Mon, Oct 8, 2012 : 2:17 a.m.

Want to see his grilles in the booking mug.


Sun, Oct 7, 2012 : 4:03 a.m.

what a ugly mug and a petty scene of style.

Superior Twp voter

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 5 p.m.

To prison, ASAP.

Honest Abe

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 1:32 a.m.

The best thing this guy can do is surrender, before a law abiding citizen, who happens to be armed (legally) is forced to drop him.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 11:37 p.m.

I didn't see anything on OTIS for Ware, but has him with 3 cases of Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manufacture. And as someone else noted, he is charged with Felon in Possession, which implies that he was already a felon before this shooting. On the other hand, OTIS lists Allen as having the following cases: Controlled Substance-Possession - 2003 Stolen Property-Receiving/Concealing-Motor Vehicle - 2003 Police Officer-Fleeing-Third Degree - 2003 Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manufacture - 2005 Assault with Intent Great Bodily Harm Less Murder - 2006 Weapons-Felony Firearm - 2006 Controlled Substance-Possession - 2011 But as I've said before, full rap sheets are usually significantly longer than what's available on OTIS.


Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 12:28 a.m.

OTIS gets purged once the offender is off supervision, the Michigan department of corrections made this change a few years ago to allegedly save hard drive space?!?!?


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 11:13 p.m.

It appears that parolee Allen had quite as history as well Of interest is item 6 of his parole conditions: "06 - Not associate with anyone you know to have a felony record"


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 11:49 p.m.

who cares!!!! he's gone!!!!!!!!!!!! all that matters is he loved his family & friends


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 10:52 p.m.

So anyway, it appears there are a couple of openings at Marsh Plating.


Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 12:10 p.m.

Just don't get into a fight with your supervisor. They're very strict.


Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 10:53 a.m.

Eye......Common that's just a liiiitle tacky ( kinda funny but tacky ) don't you think ? ( I remain thumbs neutral on this one )


Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 10:17 a.m.

jobs jobs jobs.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 10:47 p.m.

I am sure if you ask Mr Ware's relatives and friends they will tell you that he is a nice individual and it could not have been his fault.


Sun, Oct 7, 2012 : 4:45 p.m.

Could it be that they too are afraid of the guy?? Hence they wouldn't dare say anything negative for fear of reprisal.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 9:59 p.m.

Was he carrying the gun on him, or did he pull it out from behind the tree and fence that someone else placed there after he made a phone call for someone to do it?


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 11:53 p.m.

I just assumed that he wanted to hide his actions from the victim so he had no chance to turn and run. I am unsure if he possesses the intellectual means to coordinate an attack in the fashion that you have suggested.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 11:16 p.m.

I asked that because the article said he went behind a tree and a fence post and pulled the gun. If the gun was on him why did he not just pull it out and shoot instead of taking the time to go behind a tree..


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 10:53 p.m.

Why would you ask say that???? I lived in that apartment building (which only has 3 apartments that are rented) from December 2010 until August 2012 and I cannot see how anyone would not see that someome dropped off a gun. The tenants do try to keep an eye out to keep everyone in the building safe. This incident was no different then the gang of girls going after each other about a facebook comment a few months back - only this one got deadly! These guys wanted a place to go duke it out and found an apartment building parking lot to do it in - only one guy brought a gun to a fist fight.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 10:36 p.m.

Excellent question.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 9:48 p.m.

I still don't undeerstand why now, when the guy is in San Diego, we get the name and a photo. What could they be thinking, not releasing that information immediately? I can see i if there is a chance he might have headed home afterward, but he was seen fighting with the guy, and it seems like it would have been good to get a headstart with the pix and name. Now, a wanted poster is, well, maybe too late.


Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 1:47 p.m.

How do you know he is in SanDiego? I didnt read that. I work at the place this happened at and I fear he will return


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 9:39 p.m.

Maybe Mr. L.L. Ware will show up at Marsh Plating Corp. to collect his paycheck. After all, why else would he wait until after punching out to deal with a private dispute? Such attention to company policy might bring accolades and even a "good employee award" from his employer. ;-) "... to pull a .45 caliber handgun and fire two shots at Allen, which knocked him to the ground in the bike lane of the street. " Which I think might excuse any cyclists who might be using that bike lane to abandon it in favor of another pathway?? Any cyclist confronted with a bullet-riddled body in the bike lane has only to steer into a traffic lane where they would be scolded by motorists - or they might steer onto the sidewalk where they would be scolded by pedestrians and some strict constructionist members of WBWC.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 8:30 p.m.

Searched his name on Facebook, it's his profile picture. Hopfully one of his 715 "friends" will aid police in locating him. This coward needs to be behind bars..


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 10:28 p.m.

Sucha a nice looking man.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 9:53 p.m.

He's down to 714. Somebody bailed on him.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 9:16 p.m.

I wonder when that friend count will start to go south?


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 8:09 p.m.

The scary pic of him is good motivation to make people want to help find him :-)


Sun, Oct 7, 2012 : 4:05 a.m.

he those not scary...just wait in-till he break down and confesses to the crime, he'll crying like a baby .

Superior Twp voter

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.

It certainly alerts me to his attitude.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 8:07 p.m.

Guns simplify things in so many ways.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 11:26 p.m.

You are correct.A person who would shoot a person 5 or six times point blank would never use a knife or anything else for that matter


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 10:50 p.m.

That's quite an over simplification, but if it makes it easy for you, please feel free to continue.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 8:49 p.m.

You mean like when you're no physical match against an aggressor, or perhaps if there are more of them than there are of you. Yes a handy firearm would simplify evening the odds and staying alive. Good point!

Mulberry Bank

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 8 p.m.

> This guy is too dangerous to be walking free. Help!


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.

Why can't people see the consequences of their actions? Is it just pride, or unbridled anger? This madness has to stop.


Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 12:17 a.m.

Some people were not lucky enough to learn coping skills and appropriate ways of handling feelings like anger.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 10:53 p.m.

completely agree with u!!!! so senseless & now a family is broken


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 7:27 p.m.

What??!?! Who issued this guy a purchase permit?!!?!? Oh wait he must not have bothered to get one..being a convicted felon and all literally legally excuses you from having to do so


Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 1:01 p.m.

Wrong wolfs bane, "anyone can get a permit" is incorrect. You have to fill out a permit to purchase form at you local police station, a background check is preformed before a permit is issued. If you apply for a concealed carry permit, a background check and fingerprinting is done prior to issue. There is a LONG list of misdemenors and felonys that will not allow a person to obtain a permit. Again taking weapons away from law abiding citizens will NOT prevent this kind of shooting.

Wolf's Bane

Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 12:35 p.m.

Anyone can get a permit.


Sat, Oct 6, 2012 : 12:08 p.m.

He got a gun, that is all that matters. He was able to do that due to the prevalence of guns available in our society. Is Rep Issa going to investigate the provenance of this gun when found? I understand the new philosophy is that is DOES matter where they come from.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 7:58 p.m.

oops, missed that

greg, too

Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 7:52 p.m.

"possession of a weapon by a felon and the commission of a felony with a firearm." It's in the article.


Fri, Oct 5, 2012 : 7:47 p.m.

Do you personally know him? Where did you get the information that he is a convicted felon?