Pleasant Ridge — A 22-year-old Troy man accused of fatally shooting his mother from the backseat of the vehicle she was driving on the eve of Thanksgiving and then wounding another motorist was charged with murder and other charges Monday.
George Michael Harry II is jailed without bond in the incident in which Sonya Harry, 52, of Southfield, died and a 43-year-old Ferndale woman who was riding in another vehicle was shot in the leg.
George Harry was charged Monday with one count of open murder, five counts of attempted murder and six counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His arraignment is expected to take place Tuesday on video, before 44th District Court Judge Donald Chisholm.
The Harrys were driving north on Woodward near the Royal Oak and Pleasant Ridge border about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when motorists phoned in “shots fired” emergency calls.
Police believe George Harry, who was a rear passenger in his mother’s Ford Edge, shot her in the head once with a 9 mm pistol at point-blank range as they passed underneath the Interstate 696 overpass bridge. Sonya Harry, who was driving, lost control of the vehicle and crashed and police said her son fled the scene firing randomly at several passing vehicles and hitting at least three vehicles.
An infant was a passenger in one of the vehicles, police said, but was not shot.
The woman who was shot has since been released from the hospital.
George Harry was taken into custody nearby and a weapon was recovered.
Investigators said Sonya Harry and her son had attended a Thanksgiving event and she was driving him home when the shooting occurred.
Almost a week after the shooting, police say they still don’t know the motive behind it.
“A motive for the shooting was not immediately known,” said the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the homicide.