MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - Police have made an arrest in connection to a double shooting in Muskegon that left a man dead and an innocent bystander fighting for her life.
Police confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that a man was arrested Tuesday pending charges in connection to the shooting. Officers said they were not currently looking for any other suspects.
Jail records confirmed that the man arrested was 33-year-old Derrick Amir Golden. It was not clear if police suspect he was the person who shot the innocent bystander who remained in critical care as of Wednesday afternoon.
Records showed that Golden was released from prison in November and had a drug history.
The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Monroe Avenue near Fifth Street, according to a news release from the Muskegon Police Department. It happened just a few blocks from where another homicide occurred several months ago.
"Several sounds like firecrackers going off, then I heard a car speed off," neighbor Charles Fles described.
When police arrived around 5:39 p.m., a private vehicle had already transported the 27-year-old male victim to a hospital where he later died. The Muskegon County resident, had been shot in the abdomen, police said.
Neighbors confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 that the man's name was Alex Brown.
Brown was involved in an argument regarding some type of property in the street when the confrontation escalated and resulted in gunshots being fired.
A woman, also 27, stepped out of her home to see what was happening when she was shot in the head, police told 24 Hour News 8. Neighbors said the woman, named Carmesha Rogers, was trying to get her kids into the house when she was shot.
Rogers was taken to a hospital via ambulance and underwent surgery Tuesday night. As of Wednesday morning, she was listed in critical condition.
Police said Brown and Rogers are neighbors and knew each other.
Neighbors said their children were playing outside just feet away from where the shooting happened.
"There's a total of four children there on the porch that probably could have got hit with gunfire," neighbor Tom Ridge said.
Shannon Ridge, a mother, said she was frantic after the shooting.
"That's all I kept saying: 'I want my son.' They wouldn't let me have him, so I didn't know if he was safe or not," she said. "You never know when a bullets gonna come flying."
A nearby house was struck by the gunfire, though it was likely unintentional. A woman and her grandson were inside the residence.
"The bullet came through the window and hit the ceiling," landlord Billie Quinn said. "I don't know what I would have done if she had gotten hurt in there or killed, 'cause it could have easily happened."
Golden is expected to be arraigned on Thursday.
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