GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was killed and another wounded in a shooting near downtown Grand Rapids Saturday night.
It happened around 10:45 p.m. near the intersection of 6th Street NW and Front Avenue, across the river from Sixth Street Park.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said the person killed was a 21-year-old man. His name wasn’t immediately released.
Sgt. Dan Adams said the victim was already dead when officers arrived on the scene and found his body in a car that had crashed into another vehicle.
An 18-year-old woman was injured and was rushed into emergency surgery early Sunday. Police didn’t immediately know her condition.
Police don’t yet know whether the shooting was targeted or random.
Only a few minutes before the homicide, a 17- and 19-year-old were injured in a shooting at the Big Boy restaurant on Pearl Street NW near US-131. Adams said it was “too soon to say” whether the shootings are related, but that investigators didn’t have any evidence suggesting they are.
Around the time of the shootings, tens of thousands of people were downtown for the annual fireworks show, but police say both incidents were outside of the “event boundaries.”
At an early Sunday press conference at police headquarters, Adams said there were no suspects in custody in either of the shootings and that GRPD had little information about who may be responsible.
“This is definitely another one of those cases where we’re really looking to the public to share some information. This is an unusual situation because of the celebration, we had tens of thousands of people downtown, which means tens of thousands of cellphones, and video camera footage and pictures and things like that,” he said.
Anyone with information about either shooting is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
The homicide is Grand Rapids’ ninth of the year, matching the total for all of last year and putting the city on pace for the highest number in recent history. Police are also concerned about a spike in the number of nonfatal shootings.
“The difference between a shots fired call and shooting where somebody survives and a shooting that ends up being a homicide, they’re all very serious to us because they could all end up, obviously, being a homicide,” Adams said. “They’re all violent actions. It’s not going to be tolerated in this city. It’s just completely unacceptable.”