Since the shooting death of Renisha McBride, all eyes have been on Detroit. While many are discussing her death and the subsequent arrest of Theodore Wafer, the 54-year-old Dearborn Heights homeowner who shot her. As I’ve mentioned before, what’s missing from the conversation is that Detroit is a very violent city. And, more to the point is that residents of Detroit of all races live in fear of violence. Yes, some spots in Detroit are more dangerous than others. But, just like famous Newark, New Jersey thespian and poet Redman once said, “No matter who you are, you cdan still catch a bullet scar.” And in the event that such profound words create doubt, check out what happened to one Michigan mayor last weekend.
This from USA Today:
DETROIT — The mayor of Highland Park was wounded early Sunday in a shooting at a club in Detroit.
Mayor DeAndre Windom was shot in the leg in the Key Club shortly before 2 a.m., Detroit police spokeswoman Kelly Miner said. Police said he was an innocent bystander.
“The Highland Park mayor was in the location when a dispute took place unrelated to the mayor,” she said. “The dispute escalated into the shooting.”
Windom, who could not be reached for comment, was taken to the hospital and listed in temporarily serious condition, police said. No other injuries were reported.
Police were dispatched to the scene and arrived within seven minutes, Miner said.
A person familiar with the investigation told the Free Press that bouncers at the business got into an altercation with a patron who was being disorderly and pulled out a handgun as he was being escorted out.
The gun went off, hitting Windom in the leg. It’s unclear, the person said, whether the man fired the gun or if it went off during the struggle with the bouncers.
Police took the shooting suspect — a 25-year-old Eastpointe man —into custody.
Michigan Department of Corrections records show the man in custody is on parole for a weapons charge from 2012 and has prior drug offenses.
No stranger to controversy, it’s a wonder what exactly was the mayor doing in a nightclub. Not that as mayor he isn’t allowed to patronize such establishments. I don’t know if this is a new trend considering that it’s been donkey years since I’ve stepped foot in a club. But that aside, I don’t recall rubbing elbows with any politicians when I was gettin’ my “Rump Shaker” on while avoiding ugly chicks in the spot before last call. But, in the wake of the shooting, Mayor DeAndre Windom issued a statement via Twitter to all concerned by tweeting, “Don’t doubt God’s power. He can do all things but fail. It’s not too late for a miracle. Keep believing!!!” My guess is that Jesus was at the Key Club as well gettin’ his groove on last Saturday. Last I heard Mayor Windom was engaged to retired Los Angeles rapper, Yo-Yo. So here’s to hoping that “thug life” hasn’t rubbed off on him like lotion because Highland Park has enough problems to be fixed without it as is. Here’s also to hoping that he doesn’t hang out with Toronto mayor, Rob Ford on occassion.