Wyandotte Police Expect Arrest Soon Following Thursday Shooting at Frank's Cafe

One man was pistol-whipped and another was grazed by either a bullet or glass during the ordeal.

say they are narrowing in on the man they say is responsible for an early morning shooting at on Thursday that left two men injured.

The alleged shooter, a 41-year-old Wyandotte man, is known to police and could be in custody within days, Police Chief Daniel Grant said.

According to Grant, the man was inside the bar, drunk, picking fights with other customers at about 2:30 a.m. He walked outside and allegedly struck a 61-year-old Taylor man over the head with the butt of a gun.

After firing one shot into the bar through a front window, the alleged shooter took off north down Sixth Street and fired two additional shots, Grant said.

When the shot was fired into the bar, Grant said, a fragment of either the bullet or glass grazed a man inside. He was not seriously injured.

The man who was pistol-whipped was taken to and later transfered to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he remains being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives have already interviewed the man, but plan to talk with him again to seek additional information, Grant said on Friday.

Detectives also have spoken to a number of witnesses as they work toward a warrant for the man's arrest.

"We know who the shooter is," Grant said. "He is someone we have had frequent contact with. ... It won't be hard to find and apprehend him. He's what we call a frequent flier."

Grant said the man could be charged with assault with the intent to murder and possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.

"We'll present our case to the (Wayne County) prosecutor's office and see what we get," he said.

Check back later for updates as more details are released.

jr June 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Wow .. Really ? These statements as well as the article are far fetched ... I donot care about the bar , violations , or serving drunks .... TWO 60 year old men were shot at ?!!! Are you all CRAZY !!! My god . They are somebodies dads , sons , uncles , & grandparents ... the man in the hospital was NOT PISTOL WHIPPED , BUT GRAZED by the bullet .... Everyone is thankful he is going to be alright & the rest of you , pick up your damn issues legally rather than doing it behind close doors on a FORUM !!! I hope they get the man responsible to get him off the streets in Wyandotte ... & How funny Ms. Bartender YOUR boss stood by customers fighting before this happen on FOX ... YOu all make me sick ... someone could have lost their life & the individual that this happen to that came a 1/4" from being shot in the head in no way deserved it or his family being called to say YOUR DADS BEEN shot !!!
JenFP June 11, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I'm sorry Bridgette, but why would you move to a neighborhood with a bar in it? I would NEVER EVER raise a child within the city limits of Wyandotte for many reasons. You have nobody to blame but yourself. Liquor + People = loud. THAT GOES FOR ANY BAR. No bars on my street.
Joel Mullins June 11, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Janelle, you rail against guns as if all gun owners and/or concealled carry permit holders are somehow bad or irresponsible. As a concealled carry permit holder, I can tell you, if you are in the company of a legal gun owner and a bad guy with a gun, where do you think the threat lies? I carry two guns and at least two knives at all times (legally), and I can tell you, if a bad guy with a gun shows up with mayhem and murder on his mind, you're gonna be glad I was there. You shouldn't besmirch those of us who are willing to defend the lives of those in our community when you are not even willing to invest in your own personal security. This is a dangerous world we live in, and those who are capable of helping to insure the safety and security of their communities and choose not to are no better than those who threaten it. So, next time you choose to impune the integrity of a man carrying a gun legally, I just want you to take a second to ask yourself "Who'll be the one to stop the man who is raping me?". The man who opened fire on the patrons of Frank's was NOT an Honerable man, and I can guarantee he was not in posession of that weapon legally. You need to learn that there's an important distinction to be made here. Would you get nervous standing in the presence of a cop? No? Then you shouldn't embarass yourself by showing fear and/or contempt when in the presence of a man carrying a gun legally. Please, I beg of you, grow up!
Jerry Barton June 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Which the U.S. Constitution guarantees you the right to have, Janelle. Just as it guarantees me the right to bear arms.
Jerry Barton June 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM
No, what we need to worry about is the atmosphere that the owner has created that draws this type of crowd in.
Jerry Barton June 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Key word, Sue...WAS.
Jerry Barton June 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM
100% disagree, Joseph. The bar owner controls what's going on inside the bar by controlling the atmosphere. When you create an atmosphere that pulls in the rowdy 20-something crowd, you're going to see the types of problems that we're seeing. And when the neighbors see people in a drunken staffer coming out of the bar, that's controlled by not over-serving. What great things has he done for Wyandotte? He employs a few people and that's about it as far as I know. He's doing more harm than good in my neighborhood. As far as I'm concerned he can ever shape up or ship out.
Jerry Barton June 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Yep, at the 3:05 mark, she's taking a big drag.
anonymous June 12, 2012 at 06:29 AM
OK people.first off.very few of those posting messages regarding this incident have very little, to zero credible information about anything that happened that night except for Kristin. She was there, like she said.although she did not see the actions taking place..no one has the right to dispute what she has said unless you know for a fact that she is being evasive. Second.......the police, nor anyone else, has a single idea who the alleged "suspect" is. Why? Because no one has yet came forward with a valid statement that positively identifies who the alleged "suspect" could be. But most importantly why are the "victims" all of a sudden unwilling to cooperate with the police? Why do they feel that it was necessary to NOT press charges on the alleged "assailant". Could it be that possible one of them had a gun, or drugs and realized that a possible investigation would actually show light on what really happened. People seem to be basing they're opinions and judgments off what they hear in the news, who of course gets they're information from the police. The same police that half of you said don't care or don't do anything about the problems in the area.
anonymous June 12, 2012 at 06:39 AM
It was mentioned that there were THREE shots fired. Where are the witnesses testimony's? Why are some saying that he was pistol whipped and some saying that he was grazed? Because no one knows for sure what happened. No one except for the people involved. And why were police taking peoples phones and going through personal text messages without warrants trying to gain information about this person? Because they, along with the rest of you have no idea what happened. Everyone thinks that the police are the go to guys for all problems in the world, but guess what, you live downriver, where we harbor some of the most corrupt police agencies in the state. Take Southgate for example, their status as a "Drug Court" had been revoked because a certain Judicial Official had felt that it was necessary to keep the money and use it for his own personal finances...Just something to think about....
Mark June 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Joseph Egan, You have NO CLUE what goes on there late at night and in the wee hours of the morning. And the majority of those "kids" that are in there getting drunked up at those hours are NOT Wyandotte residents. I, for one, have lots of video of a lot of these antics...you have nothing to substantiate your claims. Keep watching Fox 2, there will be more to follow...
Mark June 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Oh and Mr. Egan? Your BUDDY, the bar owner? He's not a decorated war veteran. I am. So get off your mispelled Un-American comments!
Mark June 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Kristen, Really? Franks Cafe never has patrons inside after 2:30? I have proof of that! Well, keep trying to fool people, you folks will screw up again and again and bury yourselves. It's coming. Your not a stranger to alcohol violations anymore than your late night crowd to include the underage drinkers. We the taxpaying citizens in the neighborhood will no longer standby and be held hostage in our own homes late at night because of the laws being violated by the licensed liquor establishment near us. That license is a PRIVELEGE, not a right, and we intend to prove that to you.
Anne:) June 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
i live fight by franks, i have a 5 year old. franks is just like anyother bar, actually its better because its not as loud, yes you have someone making a rucus every now and then but that happens in any neighborhood these days with the teenagers walking around at all hours. Franks is a good bar and this is about the shooting, not the smoking, i know quite a few bars that let you smoke in them and there all over metro detroit not just wyandotte. Franks has been there for years as long as the everyone in my family n remember and as for everyone of its "neighbors" you all knew about the bar as soon as you looked at the house and or bought it. quite your complaining your the one who choose to live there.
Jerry Barton June 13, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Yeah that's it, Jen, blame the homeowners for the atmosphere that the bar has created since the new owners took over. Whatever. I guess that says a lot about your own habits if you think people aren't capable of having a drink and having a good time without being loud. And apparently you haven't been to any of the neighborhood bars in Wyandotte. Most of them have patrons who respect the neighbors around the bar where they drink. They go there, have a couple of drinks and watch a game with their friends or have have a burger and quietly go home. Then you have bars like Frank's who creates an atmosphere that draws in the young rowdy crowd, who serves their patrons to the point that some come stumbling down the sidewalk at night. And I have news for you, St. Jen, for all you know there's a drughouse or a prostitution ring being run out of the house next door to you, so don't think you live in Mayberry.
Jerry Barton June 13, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I know the shoot is from Wyandotte. I even know what block he lives in. Nowhere did I say anything about the shooter NOT being from Wyandotte. You totally missed the point that Frank's draws those types of people into their bar because of the atmosphere they created. They ran all the mellow neighbors just looking to have a beer, shoot the breeze or having a burger crowd out. They don't care that they draw all the rowdy drunks in. All Frank's cares about is their profit margin.
Jerry Barton June 13, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Really Kristen? When I visited Franks in 2004 BEFORE I built my house it USED TO BE a quiet, respectable neighborhood bar. It didn't USED TO BE anything that I would ever have to worry about raising my kids by. I even took my whole family in their for dinner a couple of times. At least you're not continuing to deny that Frank's lets the patrons smoke inside. Of course it's hard to deny when it's on a Youtube video for all to see. Maybe someone should take that tho the Wyandotte Police Department and put a little dent in the owners smoking can money. I'm glad you pointed out that it's the LAW that everyone is supposed to be out of the bar by 2:30. At least now we'll know that YOU KNOW that you're breaking the law when they're not. And guess what, Kristin, the trashy Jamestown Inn got put out of business by the McKinley Neighborhood and if your boss doesn't clean up his bar he's going to be following in their footsteps. If you want to stay in OUR neighborhood then you and your patrons will show us the respect that our neighborhood deserves. If not, be prepared to look for another job.
Jerry Barton June 13, 2012 at 03:00 AM
WRONG anonymous. The suspect is a regular at Frank's. The police know exactly who the suspect is and so do the bar employees. Kristin wasn't the only person working in the bar that night.
Mark June 13, 2012 at 02:23 PM
There's nobody that lives "right by" Franks that doesn't have a problem with the place. Nice try "Anne".
Jerry Barton June 13, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Two separate guys, anon. The guy outside was pistol-whipped. When the perp allegedly fired his gun the bullet went thru the front window of the bar. A different guy inside the bar was either grazed by the bullet or hit by flying glass from the bullet.
Jerry Barton June 13, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Not as loud? LOL Are you deaf? Obviously you are a friend of the owner or another bar employee. Just because Frank's isn't the only bar that allows smoking inside doesn't make it any more legal. And, yes, I was aware that Frank's was there when I moved into the neighborhood. But again, Frank's USED to be a neighborhood-friendly bar that didn't stay open until 2:30 a.m. And it didn't USED to attract the undesirables either. Don't try to blame the bar changing it's environment to draw in the young, rowdy drunks on the neighbors. I don't care how long Frank's has been there. This is a neighborhood, OUR neighborhood. They can either be a respectable, responsible neighborhood business...or get run out by the neighbors. It's that simple.
JR June 14, 2012 at 12:23 AM
the "victim" when visited was coming out of sedation after having tests ran ... to be precise ... when the ambulance was called they were told he had been "SHOT" being he was knocked unconscious they incabated him not knowing how serious or non serious he was ... when he got to a larger hospital and ran a series of tests they found no entry no exit BUT an "area" on his that had been GRAZED ... I wasn't at the bar , but I do know first hand this was his injury ... had the detective waited perhaps 24 hrs after dr's had sedated him to do more tests to check for bleeding bleeding on the brain perhaps they would have gotten a different answer ... I donot care what all took place to me it is idle gossip & your going to get 20 stories even if all eyes were watching ... what I do care about is they get this man off the streets of Wyandotte ... Everyone should be thankful a bullet didnt hit someone , & try to get this dummy off the street ..............
Really Anonymous June 14, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I do happen to know a lot about this incident from first hand contact with one of the victims and its amazing how much of some of the police and other peoples comments are off. The victims and the shooter were in the bar making nice for most of the night until a rude comment from one of the victims to the shooter kind of lead to a verbal altercation. All cooled down as the night progressed, the victims actual walked out of the bar appearing to leave, but actually were waiting outside for the alleged shooter. Upon confronting the man, the one victim was clearly the aggressor and was hit with a pistol, which in turn made the gun go off, which was the bullet that shot thru the window and grazed the man. After this the man with the gun fled on foot where the victims friend fired 2 shots at him. So in the end, from what ive heard...was a case of self defense, someone trying to leave a bar and 2 people waiting outside for him, ive even heard one of the victims flashed a gun at the accused shooter inside the bar as a threat. As was stated above by someone, the reason these so called victims are not pursuing criminal charges against this accused shooter is because they in fact have a lot to lose if a "real and honest" investigation is actually performed. From what ive heard, the cops have it out for this alleged shooter, and are going to try and pin anything they can on this person to put them away, facts mean nothing, they just want him prosecuted.
jay stuart June 17, 2012 at 09:06 AM
Wow, I haven't seen such a prejudice decision in so long. I speak as a former employee of Mike Pempeton, owner and operator of Frank's Cafe. I worked for Mr. Pemberton for six months and in those six months I have NEVER witnessed the things I have heard from other members of this blog or in the news (letting people drink after last call, guns being accepted etc). I believe this is an afront to shut a popular business down because of location. I can understand that in a neighborhood
jay stuart June 17, 2012 at 09:11 AM
Where it seems houses are homes and after the fact finding their neighbor is a bar, they may not like that, for those people, talk to your sales rep on the house on that. This is a hisoric bar, the owner prides himself on the food he puts out, believe me I know. The most important wisdom Michael Pemberton gave to me, on a weekly basis mind you, was emphasising how important hone
jay stuart June 17, 2012 at 09:20 AM
Honesty and integrity was in all walks of life. It is a damn shame there is heat to close this hostoric speakeasy, more over, I want all those to know, those whom want Frank's Cafe shut down, there is a man's livlihood at steak. Michael Pemberton is a tax payer, he pays taxes to the state abd to the city of Wyandotte. Tax Revenues and Liquor comissions will continue but with the same out comes that some bars suffer. There will always be people who do harm, blame not the bar, not the alcohol, especially the owner, whom had nothing to do with the altercation, blame the individual.
Jerry Barton June 17, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Jay - Try reading all of the prior posts. I'm not going to repeat myself.
Jerry Barton June 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
The owner should've thought about his "livlihood" before he got greedy and decided to draw in the young, rowdy crowd to up his profit margin. And, yes, I will ALWAYS blame the bar owner when people come stumbling drunk out of the bar. The owners is ultimately responsible for how much alcohol his staff serves.
jay stuart June 18, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Do you know the owner personally? I don't think you do. If you did you'd know that owning any establishment in MI at this moment isk not for greed. It is about making the money to live. Sure, you got a good point on responsibility of staff and owner for how much alcohol is served however what about personal responsibility for the patron? As for your comments on drawing in the young, what do you think LTBS was? The Goldstar? Sorry you'd want that closed too because it is in a residential neighborhood. Frank's Cafe as a business has a goal if making a profit and making a profit does play on trends, and does include bringing in any and all demographics. I am sorry that Frank's Cafe does not not fit into your perfect neighborhood business model and sorry it brings "rowdy crowds". You make it sound like making money is a crime, whereas the real crime was committed by a sole individual. You sir are the man who wants to chuck the baby with the bath water rather than seeking justice for the victims and letting people continue their work. Mind you, should United Airlines be be shut down due to terrorists hijacking the plane? No, nor should Frank's be shut down for some loose cannon.
Jerry Barton June 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM
No, I don't know the owner personally, and I really don't care to. If he really gave a crap about the neighborhood that his bar is in or gave two hoots about the concerns of the neighbors then he would've met with the McKinley Neighbors United when we approached him last year about how loud the bar had gotten. But he didn't even respond to our request. So tell me again how much he cares, Jay. Making money certainly isn't a crime, but there's been enough addressed here already that certainly is. Frank's doesn't fit into anyone's neighborhood business model, period. As someone put it, it's gone from a neighborhood bar to a bar in a neighborhood. There's a distinct difference. Your comparison with United is laughable. Now if United didn't screen luggage, check boarding passes, and put their travelers through a metal detector, then yeah they should be shut down. It's all about due diligence, Jay. The owner is doing absolutely nothing to attempt to mitigate the concerns of the neighborhood. As long as his wallet is getting fatter he doesn't care what goes on in our neighborhood.


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