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Saturday, December 4, 2010 — (FresnoBee.com: Local) –


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The shooting happened around 6 p.m. at Eastland Mall, east of Detroit, on the heels of Black Friday, traditionally the kickoff for what retailers hope is the busiest weekend of the holiday season. The mall was closed for the night as police searched for suspects, said Harper Woods deputy police chief Jim Burke.



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The shooting happened around 6 p.m. at Eastland Mall, east of Detroit, on the heels of Black Friday, traditionally the kickoff for what retailers hope is the busiest weekend of the holiday season. The mall was closed for the night as police searched for suspects, said Harper Woods deputy police chief Jim Burke.



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A jury on Friday found a man who was injured in a 2008 drive-by shooting and then was shot by a Fresno County sheriff’s deputy guilty of assault on the officer.


The Fresno County Superior Court jury convicted Brandon Lebar, 31, of assault on a peace officer, exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer and possession of a firearm by a felon.


Lebar faces up to 34 years in prison; he is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 19, said his attorney Linden Lindahl.


Lebar was walking with three others in the Mayfair District in central Fresno about 4 a.m. Oct. 19, 2008, when shots were fired at them from a passing car.


One person — Nicholas Lee Kennedy, 18 — died.





Deputies were sent to Cedar and Weldon avenues and found Lebar, who had been shot in his left leg and was lying on the ground.


As deputy Todd Burk asked Lebar how he was feeling, he sat up and pointed a handgun at Burk, who then shot Lebar in the chest.


Moments later, deputies found two more gunshot victims, including Kennedy, about 25 yards away.


Detectives initially believed Lebar had shot the other two victims. But an investigation revealed that Lebar and the three others were walking on Weldon Avenue when a white sedan drove up to them. An argument ensued and someone in the car shot the victims.


Under questioning by prosecutor Noelle Pebet during the trial, Burk testified that as he approached Lebar, he saw his right hand under his right leg. When Burk asked to see his hand, Lebar displayed a gun, the deputy said.


Burk retreated and ordered Lebar to put the gun down or he would shoot him. Feeling threatened, Burk shot Lebar, the deputy testified.


Linden countered that Lebar was in shock from the gunshot wound to his leg and not displaying the gun.


Lebar, who lost part of his leg from the shooting and was in a wheelchair at the trial, turned to family members Friday after the verdict and said, “Don’t worry. Everything’s going to be all right. Keep the faith. It’s not to eternity. I’m going to be a better man.”



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