GRPD: 2 injured in shooting on West Side

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police say two people sustained minor injuries in a shooting on the city’s West Side Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting happened around 2:40 p.m. on Ravine Drive NW between Tremont Boulevard and Fourth Street, a couple of blocks away from Union High School and Westwood Middle School.

The Grand Rapids Police Department said the victims were in a vehicle parked on Ravine and that the shooter(s) was in a separate vehicle. A neighbor intervened to stop the gunfire.

“He did come out and he stopped this shooting … while it was going on,” GRPD Sgt. Cathy Williams said.

One of the victims was found in a third vehicle several blocks away from where the shooting happened, police said. Both victims were taken to a local hospital to be treated. Their conditions weren’t known, but GRPD said the injuries appeared to be minor.

Sgt. Williams said the victims are in their mid- to late teens, though she didn’t know their precise ages. She said they are former Grand Rapids Public Schools students; no current students are believed to have been involved.

“(The shooting was) so close to the school that parents might be concerned or administrators might be concerned if this was school-related. This was not school-related at all that we are able to determine so far,” Williams said.

She emphasized that the shooting didn’t happen on school property and noted that it happened afters school let out.

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Williams said GRPD was pulling bus surveillance video from before and after the shooting to try to find the suspects. She wasn’t prepared to release any descriptions.

On Wednesday evening, Grand Rapids police stopped a Dodge Charger in the area of Burton Street and Jerome Avenue SW and took one person into custody.

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Police said they were investigating whether the car may be linked to the Ravine Drive shooting. They said the people inside weren’t being very cooperative.

The person taken into custody was arrested on outstanding warrants and was not being called a suspect in the shooting as of Wednesday night.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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There were also shootings that injured two people in southwest Grand Rapids Monday night and Tuesday afternoon. There was no word on whether any of the incidents may be related.

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