GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An early Saturday morning shooting in Grand Rapids resulted in the death of a man.

Officers with the Grand Rapids Police Department heard gunfire on South Division Avenue between Rose Street and Stewart Street around 1:45 a.m. near a club called Metro Grand Rapids. GRPD said they had officers in the area patrolling at the time.

“We had officers so close that the officer himself felt like he was under fire. So we were in the area and we were able to respond almost immediately,” said Captain Terry Dixon with GRPD.

A 30-year-old man was found dead on scene when police arrived. The suspect ran from the area after the shooting, officers said.

“I have no reason to believe that anyone other than this particular person was targeted,” Dixon said, although police are still investigating.

He said there was more than one shot fired, but did not have an exact number.

A woman living in the area who asked not to be identified said she has been concerned about violence happening near the club.

“There’s candles down there. There’s balloons down there. Why do we have to have that stuff? Why can’t we all be protected?” the woman said. “It needs to be shut down or moved.”

Several shootings have happened in the area.

Another man was shot and killed near the club in August of last year and a man was seriously hurt after a shooting inside the club in December of 2019.  

Neighbors say Metro Grand Rapids club does not have enough security and police need to do more.

“Nobody takes consideration of the people around. We’re people too. We’re humans, you know, we deserve to be protected just like everybody else and now we’re having gunfire,” the woman said.

GRPD says it increased patrols at the bars and clubs in the city, especially when it is near closing time.

“There was officers right there in the area so close that the officer himself felt like he was under fire so we were in the area and we were able to respond almost immediately,” Dixon said.

We made multiple attempts to reach Metro Grand Rapids for comment but have yet to hear back.

No other information has been released about any suspects or what led to the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

— News 8’s Anna Skog contributed to this report.