Two Arrested for Shooting Death Outside Bar

Two men have been arrested for allegedly shooting another man outside a bar in Southgate.

Kyle Wilkerson and Jonathan Reese are both accused of murdering 42-year-old Elijah Keith Young. They have each been charged with eight counts, including one first-degree murder charge for Wilkerson and one second-degree murder charge for Reese.

Judge James Kandrevas denied bail for Wilkerson and set bail for Reese at $2.5 million.

According to police, Young was shot four times outside Gleason’s Bar & Grill on Eureka Road. His death is the first murder in the city in nearly 8 years. Young succumbed to his gunshot wounds as he was being driven to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton.

The bouncers at the bar cleared the building after a fight broke out in the bar. Young was shot while everyone was outside. Police think Young’s friends were involved in the fight, but it’s not clear whether Young himself was involved.

After the shooting, Wilkerson and Reese ran to their car across the street and drove away. Both men were arrested shortly thereafter and both had handguns in their possession. Police also have video surveillance from the parking lot where the shooting took place.

Both Wilkerson and Reese have a prior criminal history. Wilkerson was once convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and Reese has received several misdemeanor convictions.

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