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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.

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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