Southfield Man Charged Fatal Nightclub Shooting
SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) - A 33-year-old Southfield man who was wanted in connection with a fatal nightclub shooting on Easter Sunday has finally been captured after eluding police for several months.
Deangelo Jammal Eady has been charged with count of open murder and several firearms charges.
Eady stood mute to the charges as he was arraigned via video Friday afternoon in 46th District Court.
Judge Debora Nance denied bond after the prosecuting attorney argued he’s a flight risk and hid out before his arrest.
“The arrest of this individual is the result of community members providing valuable information to investigating officers, and the hard work and dedication of officers and detectives assigned to investigate this incident,” Police Chief Eric Hawkins said in a statement.
The charges stem from a shooting that took place in the early morning hours of March 31 at Myst Ultra Lounge on Franklin Road and Northwestern Highway in Southfield.
When police arrived on the scene, they found Nicole Riggs, an Oak Park resident, inside the club suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
According to police, several subjects were ejected from the club following an altercation inside. One of those people was reportedly overheard threatening to return with a weapon, but police aren’t saying whether that person was Eady.
A short time later, shots were fired from the parking lot into the club. Riggs was killed by one of these gunshots.
“I am very proud of the spirit of cooperation within our community and hopefully this arrest will provide a positive step forward in the healing process for Ms. Riggs’ family, relatives and friends,” Hawkins said.
Talking to reporters at the courthouse on Friday, Riggs’ brother, Dejuan White, said he’s glad bond was denied.
“The fact that he could do something like that, you know, a senseless crime … to run, to hide, to flee the state and people assist him with it and help him get away with such a senseless crime is something that I just can’t understand,” White said.
White said that he knows that it won’t bring his sister back, ” … but, in the long run, I hope justice is served.”