Suspect, 19, arrested in fatal shooting of man last weekend in southwest Lansing

LANSING — A teenager has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting last weekend in Lansing.

Keijuan Richard Eskin, 19, was arrested in Saginaw by members of the Lansing Police Violent Crime Initiative, Saginaw police, Michigan State Police and the Michigan State Police Fugitive Team, Lansing police officials said Friday.

He was denied bond during his arrest in Eaton County District Court on charges of open murder and felony firearm possession.

Eskin is accused of killing Thomas Blackmon, 35, who was shot June 15 in the 4000 block of MacDougal Circle, near the intersection of Waverly and Jolly roads, police said.

“The preliminary investigation reveals Thomas and the suspect were together earlier in the night at Thomas' address,” Lansing police officer Jordan Gulkis said in a news release. “The suspect goes outside and came back inside a short time later. There was an argument between Thomas and the suspect and Thomas is shot multiple times. The suspect then leaves the area. Through investigations a suspect was identified and arrested.”

Court records indicate Eskin was arrested Tuesday and was represented by the Eaton County Public Defender office, which did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment on Friday. A hearing to determine whether Eskin should stand trial on the charges was set for July 1.

Including Blackmon, nine people have died by violence in Lansing this year. The most recent previous killing happened May 27 in Rotary Park, when a total of seven people were shot.

Anyone with information about the shooting of Blackmon was asked to call Lansing police at 517-483-4600 or CrimeStoppers at 517-483-7867. They can also send a private message through the Lansing police Facebook page.

Contact Ken Palmer at [email protected]. Follow him on X @KBPalm_lsj.

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