12-year-old shot in Grand Rapids, victim ‘doesn’t understand why’

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 12-year-old girl was shot in Grand Rapids Tuesday evening but is expected to recover from her injuries.

The incident happened outside of a home on Olympia Street off of Grandville Avenue SW around 8 p.m. 

Police set up a perimeter in the area but had not reported any arrest in the case as of late Tuesday night.

The victim’s family told News 8 that they believe the shooting is connected to a days-long dispute with a family that lives nearby. 

Nichole Matthews, the victim’s aunt, said Alonna James is the girl who was shot.

“Once my sister made it to the driveway, they got to shooting and my niece was hit,” James told News 8. “She doesn’t understand why it happened to her.”

Matthews said Alonna had surgery Tuesday night to remove the bullet from her leg.

Neighbors who live on the street where the shooting took place expressed frustration about the violence in the community.

“We’re just sick and tired of all this crap going on around here,” a neighbor who asked not to be identified told News 8.

Grand Rapids has seen a recent spike in gun violence and homicides.

Alonna is one of two children shot recently in the city. A 2-year-old girl was shot in the arm last month. She survived her injuries as well.

Officers were searching for a suspect Tuesday night.

Authorities on the scene after a girl was shot in Grand Rapids. (Aug. 4, 2020)

Grand Rapids police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information can contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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