Detroit teen charged in connection with shooting rampage that killed three, injured one

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Aug 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-31 15:38:11-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Dontae Ramon Smith, 19, of Detroit in connection with the Sunday morning shooting rampage that killed three people and injured a man and his dog.

“It is not an overstatement to say that on Sunday morning, August 28, like a scene out of a movie this alleged defendant reigned real terror on the citizens northwest Detroit. Normal, everyday life was brought to a standstill as he moved east to his next victim. Thanks to a continuous collaboration of law enforcement agencies these deaths and injuries will be aggressively prosecuted by this office,“ said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

Sunday, August 28, Detroit police officers investigated the shootings with assistance from the Michigan State Police (MSP), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

A relative of Smith gave DPD a tip that led to the execution of a search warrant at a home in the 7310 block of Pembroke on Detroit’s westside.

At the home, Smith was arrested and a gun belonging to the defendant was found.

Dontae Ramon Smith was charged with three counts each of first-degree murder, one count of assault with intent to murder, one count of animal cruelty-third degree and four counts of felony firearm.

Currently, Smith is charged in four separate cases, but they will be consolidated for the preliminary examination.

Dontae Ramon Smith was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in 36th District Court. He was given a $1 million personal bond and is currently awaiting his next court appearance at the Wayne County Jail.

Smith's next court appearances will be on September 14 for a probable cause conference and September 21 for a preliminary exam, both in front of Judge Kenneth King at 36th District Court.