GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they have arrested a suspect after a woman was shot and killed in Grand Rapids Thursday morning.
It happened around 8 a.m. on Union Avenue SE near Oakdale Street. Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Eric Winstrom said officers were called to a home there after neighbors heard gunshots and called 911. The officers found the woman dead.
The suspect had taken off, Winstrom said, but he was later found on the northeast side of town. His name was not released. The chief said there does not appear to be a threat to the public.
“Looks like this is likely a domestic incident,” Winstrom said, though he noted police did not yet have a positive identification on the woman. “It’s a very strong possibility. I’d be surprised if this wasn’t domestic in nature.”
Kassie White says it was her older sister who was the victim of the shooting.
“Her best friend called me and was literally hysterical and I jumped up like, ‘What’s going on, what’s wrong?’ And she was saying my sister is gone, and I’m like, ‘What are you talking about, I just talked to my sister a couple of days ago,'” White said. “I’m just so lost for words. I can’t cry. I’m cried out. This hits home.”
She declined to identify her sister but said she was a mother of three with a heart of gold.
“My sister was fun, she was goofy, she liked to go out and have a good time, very well-dressed, she loved her kids, made sure her kids were intact and in order before she did anything,” White said.
She said her sister was in a relationship and she’s surprised domestic violence may have been involved in her death.
“It was very shocking because I could never see that type of thing being something my sister would be dealing with,” White said.
While speaking with News 8, White said she’s considering the many people affected by that type of violence.
“It’s becoming too common nowadays in Grand Rapids, let alone Michigan,” White said. “It’s not fair, it’s not fair.”
She said her sister was known by many and her death is a significant loss.
“I love my sister and I’m definitely going to miss her,” White said.
Winstrom added Thursday morning that there are children who either live in or frequent the home.
“Just talking to neighbors on scene here, they say that they see kids coming out of the house,” he said.
GRPD was working to identify and locate those children to ensure their safety. Winstrom said he hoped the suspect would provide information to investigators.
“Putting together everyone’s relationship is what we’re trying to do right now and just make sure that there’s no other victims that that need attention at this time,” the chief said.
There was another killing in Grand Rapids earlier Thursday that Winstrom said is not believed to be related: A man was shot and killed on Burton Street SW near Division Avenue around 1:40 a.m. Police said they have a person of interest in that case but no suspects in custody.
“We don’t see any relation (between) the two of these incidents,” Winstrom said.