A suspect is charged and arraigned after a stray bullet struck an innocent grandmother at a gas station in Mt. Morris Township.
The grandmother, identified as Rita B. Miller, was sent to the hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.
“Some idiot decided to shoot it out at a gas station parking lot with innocent bystanders,” said Mt. Morris Township Police Chief Terence Green.
Multiple bullet casings littered the ground of a Marathon gas station, located on W. Pierson Road.
According to police, the 56-year-old Miller was pumping gas and was shot by a stray bullet on Thursday, April 18. Her two teenage grandchildren were also in the vehicle.
“No regard at all for innocent people that were in the parking lot. We’re talking about children,” Green said.
Police Chief Green said paramedics rushed the woman to an area hospital where she is listed in critical condition but is expected to pull through.
Mott Community College said Miller is an Employment Coach in the Workforce and Economic Development Division.
Mott Community College President Beverly Walker-Griffea share the following statement:
For those who may not know Rita, she has served clients with excellence for the last 14 years at MCC. Rita began her journey with us as an Employment Specialist working in Employment Services, first in Shiawassee County and then in Genesee County. Always willing to help, she transitioned into coach individuals at the Financial Opportunity Center for those who have experienced job loss. The program’s mystery shoppers and clients cite Rita’s excellent customer service, positive attitude and support as making a difference when facing an uncertain future.
Hibbard said Mott's counseling staff is available for students and faculty.
Green said a 25-year-old woman, who was inside of one of the suspects' vehicles, was hit by a bullet. She has been released from the hospital and is not facing charges.
Ade Shaheem Milton has been arraigned and charged in connection with the shooting, Green said.
“He was charged with two counts of assault with attempt to murder, and two counts of felony firearm,” Green said.
While police initially said they arrested two suspects, Milton is the only suspect who has been charged and arraigned in this case.
Green said he does not anticipate any charges against other suspects.
“There’s been an ongoing feud between the two groups. Going back approximately 2-to-3-years ago. This stemmed from a retaliation shooting,” Green explained. “When these two groups met up at the gas station, our belief, Mr. Milton fired a firearm at the other subject, the other subject returned fire.”
Investigators are also working to see if the individuals were responsible for any shootings over the last couple of years.
Matthew Dulin was just a few feet away when the gunfire started. He was working on his bike in his driveway when the chaos erupted.
“When I looked up I saw him holding that rifle up and unloading. I was like oh my God this is real,” Dulin said.
Dulin said he was shocked by the scene that was unfolding in front of him.
“I told my fiancé to get inside, I pulled out my cell phone and started calling, and I look back up and pop, pop, pop. The guys running across the field holding the gun up, the other guys scurrying as fast as he can trying to get away,” Dulin said.
Dulin described the gun as an assault rifle, he said that it was long compared to the guy that was holding it.
Dulin said he thinks about how close he came to being in the crossfire himself.
“It could’ve been me, I was there ten minutes before that,” Dulin said. “I just hope the best for the owner, and the people, and the lady. I really hope she pulls through,” Dulin said.
Hamady Middle/High School was placed on temporary lockdown during the investigation.