2 men charged in likely drug-, gang-related shooting

Sunday Times Newspapers

TRENTON — Less than 12 hours after a man was shot, police had in custody two suspects who face multiple charges including attempted murder.

Police Chief Steve Voss said the armed confrontation early Monday that sent a 31-year-old man to the hospital may have resulted from a drug deal gone bad.

“We believe it’s drug- and possibly gang-related,” Voss said.

According to police and prosecutors, Berquette Ali Wahla, 22, and Patsy Carol Gregg, 50, confronted a 31-year-old man shortly after midnight outside of the Nottingham Knolls apartments in the 3600 block of Van Horn Road. The victim reportedly told police he was thrown to the ground, hit, kicked and shot in the left arm.

A woman called police, who responded along with Woodhaven and Gibraltar officers. The victim was transported to the hospital while investigators gathered information on and descriptions of the suspects.

“The suspects had left by then,” Voss said. “We were able to get information from the victim and secure a search warrant.”

Shortly after 9 a.m. police — with assistance from the Downriver Mutual Aid Special Weapons and Tactics team — located Whala and Gregg at the Walnut Creek apartments in Flat Rock.

“We moved quickly,” Voss said of the arrest.

Voss said the victim was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

Wahla and Gregg were arraigned Thursday before 33rd District Court Judge Michael McNally. Wahla was charged with six counts including assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and as a habitual, third-time offender. Wahla remained in custody on a $250,000 cash bond. Gregg faces five charges including assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a felon. She remained in custody on a $150,000 cash bond.

A preliminary examination of the evidence against them is set for Dec. 3 in 33rd District Court.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)