‘This is not the wild west:’ Man arrested after Beachwood Place shooting appears in court

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BEACHWOOD, Ohio-- A man arrested following the shooting at Beachwood Place mall appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Robert M. Dukes, 24, of Stackton, Calif., is charged with drug trafficking. He was arraigned in Shaker Heights Municipal Court at 10:30 a.m. and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Officers were called to the Beachwood Place parking lot for a report of gunfire at about 7:15 p.m. on Thursday. One man was shot. Dukes took the victim, who is his brother-in-law, to University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center, according to his attorney.

Beachwood City Prosecutor Thomas Greve said Dukes was a direct participant in drug activity, which occurred in a public area and put the community at risk.

"This wasn't a small-time marijuana deal," Greve said. He said Dukes had three, 1-pound bags of pot.

Dukes' attorney called his $400,000 bond excessive. He argued his client and the man who was shot were victims of a robbery.

The judge continued the bond, saying, "This is not the wild west, where we need a shootout." She also criticized Dukes for not calling 911 for an ambulance.

More on the Beachwood Place shooting here

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