GRPD: Two shot at Big Boy as fireworks let out

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say two people were shot and wounded at a Big Boy in Grand Rapids Saturday night.

It happened around 10:34 p.m. at the restaurant on Pearl Street NW by US-131, not far from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says officers were in the area keeping an eye on the large crowd gathered for the annual fireworks show when they heard multiple gunshots and responded.

Police say the victims are 17- and 19-year-old males. The 17-year-old’s injuries are not considered life-threatening. The other victim was taken into surgery Saturday night and his condition was not immediately known.

There was another shooting in Grand Rapids only a few minutes later: Police say one man was killed and a woman was injured near 6th Street NW and Front Avenue.

NOW: Grand Rapids police addressing homicide and shootings following downtown fireworks celebration. Public information officer Sgt. Dan Adams speaking.

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GRPD Sgt. Dan Adams said it was “too soon to say” whether the shootings are related, but that investigators don’t yet have any evidence that suggests they are.

No one was in custody in either shooting as of early Sunday morning. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

Police say both incidents were outside of the “event boundaries” of the fireworks.

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