KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - Though only one man was hit in a Fourth of July shooting in Kalamazoo, neighbors say 17 shots were fired and that some bullets were inches away from children.
The shooting happened around 9:10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Hays Park Street, according to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. They say 21-year-old Okoli Dion Staggers was the shooter.
Neighbors say the shooting started with an argument between Staggers and another man.
"You couldn't really tell what they were saying. They were just arguing," neighbor Jesus Bonuelos said.
A 52-year-old man tried to break it up, but things quickly got worse.
"All the people were hearing just bullets whistling by, basically just ricocheting off of houses, off of cars," neighbor Jesus Bonuelos said. "So what can you do when that happens? Just run."
"Everybody started running inside, you know: 'Oh my God, Oh my God. Somebody got shot," Jesus's father Manuel Bonuelos said.
Manuel Bonuelos watched from next door and saw the 52-year-old, who police say was not the intended victim, fall back.
"My daughter called hysterical on the telephone and I couldn't understand what she was saying so I knew something terrible had happened," the victim's fiancee Kimberly Whittaker said.
Whittaker was told her fiance was shot in the thigh and that the bullet went straight through. Police say he as treated at Bronson Methodist Hospital and released.
Neighbors say they heard 17 shots. They said children were playing outside all along the street.
"I'm saddened by it," Whittaker said. "I'm saddened by the violence. I'm saddened by the youth in our community, that they don't have anything better else to do."
The Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office issued an eight-count warrant for Staggers's arrest. He faces one count of assault with intent to murder and seven weapons violations.
The 5-foot-4, 130-pound Staggers may now have a shaved head, police said. He is considered armed and dangerous.
"When you hear people arguing, just know one might have a gun," Jesus Bonuelos said.
Anyone with information about Staggers is asked to call KDPS at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.
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