GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Police Department announced on Thursday a new online tip portal for an August shooting that left one dead.
The shooting happened on Aug. 22 in the area of Crofton Street SE and Linden Avenue SE near the Elks Lodge. Police say they received multiple shots fired calls. As officers arrived on scene, four people showed up to the hospital for treatment. Police say three of the victims were treated for injuries and have since recovered. The fourth person, 27-year-old Lamount Deshawn Nelson, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
GRPD said there were over 100 rounds fired from multiple weapons and more than 100 potential witnesses to the shooting. Despite the number of people there, very few have come forward with information.
As a result, GRPD opened an anonymous online tip portal and is now asking for the public’s help in the investigation.
“We’ve been seeing this for a while, where we know there are many people on scene and with the spread of cell phones and tablets and social media, we’ve seen that material out here but people not willing to come forward,” said Sgt. Dan Adams during a Thursday press conference. “It may be for a number of reasons and we’ll understand that and we’re going to work hard to improve the relationship with the community to address that, but we look at this as one way to be able to provide that opportunity without any recourse or fear from them.”
Those with information can anonymously upload photos or videos from the night of the shooting. Police say there is no way to track who sends in a tip if the sender chooses to remain anonymous.
The portal will be open for the next seven days only to avoid overloading the website with material. GRPD says that if necessary, it will extend the time that the portal is open.
Police say the portal has only ever been used once before: during the investigation into the riot in downtown last summer. They’re hoping to replicate the success they saw then.
“It is the hope not only of the Grand Rapids Police Department, but of the Nelson family, that those with information or evidence of the incident will find it in their heart to submit that material to the portal so that justice may be found for Lamount’s family,” Adams said.
Anyone with information can also contact investigators by calling 616.456.3380 or through Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.