Police: 4 Charged In Recent Waterford Shootings

Officers were just finishing one investigation when another shooting was reported.

WWJ News
March 26, 2020 - 8:26 pm
Waterford Shooting Suspects

From left to right: Raul Contreras, Jeremiah Martin, Jeffrey Baker, James Williams (Photos: Waterford Police)

WATERFORD, Mich. (WWJ) -- Four young men, including three teenagers, are facing a slew of charges for a pair of separate shootings that happened within hours of each other last week in Waterford.

Waterford police say on March 18 they received a call around 1:45 a.m. regarding shots fired at a home in the 600 block of Woodingham Street. When uniformed officers arrived on scene, they learned the victim, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, had been taken to a nearby hospital by friends.

Officers spoke with several witnesses and secured the scene before detectives arrived and began their investigation. Officials say detectives worked throughout the night and into the afternoon, interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence.

Just as detectives had identified two suspects and were leaving work for the day, authorities say reports of another shooting in Waterford began to come in -- this one at McGuire's Motel at 120 S. Telegraph Road.

When officers arrived, they discovered a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

After another long investigation into the early morning hours, detectives identified two suspects in the motel shooting. 

Police did not specify what led to either shooting.

The suspects in the Woodingham shooting were arrested within 48 hours. They have been identified as 18-year-old Raul Contreras and 17-year-old Jeremiah Martin, who are facing a combined total of 22 charges.

Contreras is facing two counts of assault with intent to murder, six counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, three counts of malicious destruction of property over $1,000 but less than $20,000, and one count of discharging a firearm in or at a building.

Martin is facing two counts of assault with intent to murder, five counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and three counts of malicious destruction of property over $1,000 but less than $20,000.

Contreras and Martin were both arraigned by Magistrate Marshall and bond was set at $1 million cash or surety only.

Raul Contreras and Jeremiah Martin

In the McGuire's Motel homicide case, both suspects were arrested in less than a week. Authorities say 21-year-old James Dale Williams and 19-year-old Jeffrey Anthony Baker are each facing felony murder, as well as assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of possession of a firearm in a commission of a felony.

Both were arraigned by 51st District Court Judge Todd Fox and bond was denied.

Jeffrey Baker and James Williams