GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating a homicide on the city’s southeast side early Tuesday morning.
It happened shortly after midnight in the parking lot of Miss Tracy’s Liquor Store on Franklin Street SE between Alto and Neland avenues.
The victim has been identified as Romito James Jones, 35, of Grand Rapids. He was driven to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to a GRPD news release.
Police do not have anyone in custody and do not have a suspect description. It’s unknown what led to the shooting.
The deadly shooting marks the second homicide this year to happen in the parking lot of Miss Tracy’s Liquor Store. Tony Lamarr Stewart, 29, of Grand Rapids, was shot on Jan. 3 and died two days later. Friends said Stewart left behind two children. Javonte Robinson was charged in connection to the shooting.
Tuesday morning’s homicide brings the city’s total so far this year to 27. That makes this year one of Grand Rapids’ deadliest ever. The last time there were so many deaths was in the early 1990s, when street gangs were embroiled in a crack war.
Anyone with information is asked to contact GRPD at 616.456.3380 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.