GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A shooting on Grand Rapids’ southwest side that resulted in a man with a wound to his hip Sunday night and a dog attack that left a 5-year-old girl confined to a wheelchair may be connected.
Monday, family members of Shanell Brewer contacted 24 Hour News 8 saying they believe the shooting was a direct result of the dogs being taken away following the May 15 attack.
Shanell Brewer was attacked by two Rottweilers May 15 on Liberty Street near Century Avenue SW. She was playing at a house down the street when the dogs grabbed her and dragged her beneath a wooden fence.
The injuries have resulted in Shanell facing a long recovery and she currently is confined to a wheelchair.
The Kent County Animal Shelter has the dogs after they escaped again from the owners who were ordered to keep the dogs in a cage or muzzled.
Animal control officials tell 24 Hour News 8 a decision will likely be made Tuesday about what will be done with the dogs.
Shanell’s mother, Shanice Brewer, believes the dogs should be euthanized.
“[The dog-owners] have been like harassing my sister,” said the sister of Shanice Brewer who did not want her name used. “They’re just really upset that their dogs got taken away.”
Over the weekend, words were exchanged between the neighbors, according to Brewer family members.
The aunt said the family was having a barbeque and get-together with friends when the neighbors began loudly shouting at them and claiming that firecrackers going off in the neighborhood were gunshots.
Also at the home was the 5-year-old dog attack victim.
Then, around 10 p.m. Sunday, police say multiple shots were fired at the Brewer home.
The gunshots struck a 26-year-old male at the house in the hip sending him to the hospital with injuries.
The aunt and other family members have told 24 Hour News 8 that the shots came from the porch of the home where the dogs lived.
“I didn’t see the person’s face, I just know he was shooting from the house,” the aunt said. “It wasn’t random.”
The Brewer family is not staying at the house and are not planning to return until a suspect is caught.
“Anybody would feel unsafe with this type of situation going on.”
Grand Rapids Police Department spokesman Sgt. Terry Dixon said Monday evening that police are looking at a potential connection between the shooting and the dog attack.
Dixon said he cannot say much about what is an active investigation, but he said that no suspect has been arrested yet.
“It’s, like, my niece is already in a wheelchair now, like, why do you want to make it worse,” the aunt said.