St. Clair Shores man shot and killed while helping sister movePost a Comment
By Mitch Hotts
For The Oakland Press
A 28-year-old man helping his sister and her husband move into a home in the area of Masonic and Harper in St. Clair Shores died from a single gunshot wound to the chest after being shot Sunday night by a gunman who ran out the back of the house and was later arrested by police.
Dashamir Matjani was rushed to Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center where he was conscious and able to speak although there was a language barrier issue.
He died a short time later.
Neighbors who live near the house where the shooting happened on the 23000 block of Recreation said they heard a loud noise at 7:25 p.m.
“My husband said it sounded like a door slamming and then a lot of commotion,” said Loretta Turczynski, who lives next to where the man was shot. “It was a loud bang, and then a lot of people running around. We didn’t know what had happened until the police told us.”
According to police, the suspect in the shooting was taken into custody about 90 minutes after the shooting on Recreation. He was being interviewed late Sunday and early Monday morning by St. Clair Shores investigators, Detective Jason Brown said.
Police said he will be arraigned Monday afternoon.
Detective Sgt. David Centala is in charge of the investigation.
Police said four other men, all believed to be relatives of the victim, were in the house with the victim when the gunman entered the home through an open back door. The gunman fired one round from a shotgun, turned around and fled out the back door.
The gunman then hopped over the rear fence and fled. Police officers searching the neighborhood found the firearm they believed was used in the shooting on Brookdale, one block north of Recreation Street in the area of Masonic Boulevard and Harper Avenue.
It was not immediately known where the suspect was arrested.
Police said all of the parties involved in the incident are Albanian. Investigators had to call in a translator from Romeo to help interview the witnesses to obtain information on the shooter.
Neighbors said the victim’s family had lived in the two-story home for many years. They later moved to another residence on Hoffman, about a half mile from the Recreation Street address.
The last owner of the house had financial problems that resulted in the house being foreclosed on, neighbors said. That’s when the family who originally owned it, regained the property.
Matjani’s sister, who is believed to be a nurse, and her husband were moving into the Recreation Street house over the weekend. The sister was not at the home when the shooting took place.
“They are all very nice people,” said Turczynski, a 34-year resident. “The man who was shot was helping his sister move in. They’ve been working all weekend moving the stuff in and redecorating. I’m shocked at this because this is an excellent neighborhood, we never have any trouble.”
The other men who were in the house were not injured. They were taken to the St. Clair Shores Police Department where they gave statements to investigators, Detective Brown said.