MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - Neighbors say a woman was trying to protect children when she was shot in the head in a Tuesday night incident that left another man dead.
The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. on Monroe Avenue near Fifth Street. By the time police arrived, a private vehicle had already transported 27-year-old Alex Brown, who had been shot in the abdomen, to a hospital. He later died.
Neighbor Carmesha Rogers, also 27, was found shot in the head just inside her home. She was taken to a hospital via ambulance and underwent surgery Tuesday night. Wednesday morning, she was listed in critical condition. Her father said her condition had improved slightly as of Wednesday evening.
According to some accounts, Rogers was shot as she raced to protect her children and the children of neighbor Jim Bridge who were playing within feet of a fight that led to the gunfire.
"She came downstairs right before the gunfire started and she didn't know what was going on. And she jumped in front of the children and took two bullets to get the kids in the house," Bridge said. "She chased them all, chased all these kids in the house. She jumped in the way of gunfire. She just put her body in the path of these children so they didn't get hit by gunfire."
No children were hurt.
Police say the gunshots were fired after Brown was involved in an argument in the street regarding some type of property escalated. Derrick Amir Golden, 33, was arrested Tuesday in connection to the crime.
Wednesday, some of Brown's friends gathered outside his house to remember him as a man people looked up to.
"It's a tragic loss for us as a brother. It's a very tragic loss for us because we're going to miss him," friend Darnell Brown said. "We're going to always be there for his mom and his kids. He got a baby on the way."
Friends said Brown was an all-state basketball player in high school.
"It just don't make no sense," Kahlek McPherson said. "It's crazy. You think about a person you love is gone like that. One minute, he's taken from you."
They recalled him as a good friend.
"He tried to help me out a lot," McPherson said. "Little do people know he tried to help a lot of people out a lot of time. He was putting other people before himself.
A candlelight vigil was held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Monroe Avenue where the shooting happened.
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