ALBION, Mich. (WOOD) - The suspect in Sunday's fatal shooting of two young men at acity park is not from Albion, police said Monday.
"We think that somebody brought something here from someplaceelse," Albion Police Chief Eric D. Miller told 24 Hour News 8.
The two victims are 20-year-old Henry Randy Williams and28-year-old Ryan Ray Erwin. Both men lived in Battle Creek.
Police had not made any arrests in the shooting at HollandPark, Miller said. The Calhoun County Major Crimes Task Force wasworking on the investigation. A neighbor reported as many as 12gunshots.
Investigators were releasing few details of the shooting,which occurred just before 7 p.m. The two victims may have been atthe park to watch a summer basketball tournament sponsored by agroup known as Friends & Family Inc., Miller said.
Police responded to the park on the city's west side afterpeople in the area reported hearing several shots fired. Thevictims died at the scene.
Emergency vehicles staged in the Bethel Baptist Churchparking lot at 523 Washington St. Investigators said they hadmarked that area off as their "inner perimeter."
Michael Hedgecorth, who lives across from the park, told 24Hour News 8 he heard, "Bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, and then there wasa real quiet moment, and then it just went bam, bam, bam, bam, bamagain. It was probably about 10 to 12 shots."
The homicides are the city's first of the year, but violencetied to Battle Creek has grown this year.
So far this year, many of the eight homicides in Battle Creekhave involved relatives, not just gang members and others randomlyshooting up rivals and neighbors, police have said.
In Battle Creek, the JONAH group is holding astop-the-violence meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at First UnitedMethodist Church. Earlier this month, a JONAH-sponsored marchagainst violence drew 100 people.
In Albion, police said they do not frequently get called forproblems at Holland Park, but one neighbor said he sees fightsthere regularly.
"Mothers Day, they all rammed into each other and startedfighting," said Hedgecorth. "Last night there were two girls downthere beating each others' brains out and then yesterday, that sameday, some guy jumped out of the van and he wanted to fight anotherguy. There's always trouble up here."
"I would like to not live here," Hedgecorth said, "but I haveno where else to go."
Police said no suspects were in custody. Anyone withinformation is asked to call Silent Observer at (517) 629-2700.
24 Hour News 8's Leon Hendrix contributed to this report.
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