GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman was found shot dead in the parking lot of an apartment complex in downtown Grand Rapids Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Around 3:20 p.m., officers with the Grand Rapids Police Department responded to the parking lot of Loose Leaf Lofts on Commerce Avenue between Goodrich Street and Wealthy Street for reports of gunshots. When officers arrived, they found a woman dead in a silver car in the parking lot. She had been shot.

“From what I can tell, It looks like she was shot multiple times. I’m guessing that she died very close to that location where we located her in the vehicle,” GRPD Chief Eric Winstrom said.

He said it appeared to be a targeted shooting and there was no danger to the public.

A child under 10 years old was found inside the car with the woman and was not shot, police said. The child was taken to the hospital by ambulance for evaluation.

GRPD did not release the name of the woman or child.

“We are working to identify the child and what could be the child’s mother,” said Winstrom. 

A drone from the Kent County Sheriff Office cleared the roofs of surrounding apartment buildings. Grand Rapids Police Department’s SWAT team also searched surrounding buildings to make sure there was no shooter or other victims.

“We evacuated some of the buildings here because we were concerned that there was a gunman on the loose. As the investigation has continued, we don’t think that there’s a danger to the general public,” Winstrom said.

It is unclear what led up to the shooting. 

“We don’t have anyone in custody at this time. We’re developing information about that suspect or suspects may be and we have a team of detectives doing canvassing. We are looking for video,” said Winstrom. 

Anyone with information or video should contact GRPD detectives at 616.456.3380 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

A woman who used to live nearby said she recently moved due to safety concerns.

“It’s too much. There is a lot going on during the day during the night,” said Hill, who only wanted to be identified by her last name.

She saw the aftermath of the fatal shooting.

“The traffic was so bad I got stopped like right where the wall is that you could see the scene. So I turn my head and I see her body there,” said Hill. “She was gone, sadly.”

Police and Hill alike want to quell the violence seen in Grand Rapids. 

“Absolute tragedy. The fact that she was shot in the presence of the child — I’m obviously angry about it, I’m upset about it, and we’re going to do everything we can to quickly bring justice for this woman,” Winstrom said.

“I just want to send love to the family, prayer, comfort. Tell everybody who is young and everybody who is older like, be cool this summer. Its getting hot. Stay easy, stay out the way. Just stay with your loved ones. People who love you and just don’t be on no hot stuff just because it’s hot outside,” said Hill.

With high temperatures hitting 90 degrees Wednesday, Winstrom said stretches of warm weather often bring more violence.

“Working through the summer, looking forward to the summer, we always see elevated levels of violence. Warm days like today, I don’t see rain in the forecast for about a week. So it is a concern,” he said.

He said GRPD is working to get more officers on the streets.