GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was fatally shot early Sunday morning after an altercation at a Grand Rapids gas station.
Family members identified the victim as Micheal Jones, a father of seven.
“He was so sweet. He was there for everybody,” said a tearful Arian Cameron, who has a child with Jones. “I don’t see why anybody would want to hurt him.”
The Grand Rapids Police Department said a disturbance was reported around 4 a.m. for a large crowd causing trouble at a Shell gas station on East Beltline Avenue SE, across the street from the Woodland Mall.
When police arrived, they found that Jones, 26, had been shot. He was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
On Sunday evening, dozens gathered for a vigil in Jones’ name at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. As the crowd prayed, many were in tears.
“I met him at a basketball game and we were friends,” said D’Nautica Harris, who has an 8-month-old child with Jones.
“He’s a nice person. He really doesn’t get into anything. He goes to work, goes home and takes care of his kids,” Harris said.
Jones left behind family and friends who say he was a man of great character. They say he will be dearly missed.
“He was a good dad. He loved his kids,” Cameron added. “He has seven kids. We can’t do this by ourselves.”
No arrests were made Sunday. Police say witnesses weren’t cooperative, so they didn’t have any suspect information.
“We’ve gotten very little assistance with the homicide that occurred this morning,” GRPD Sgt. Elliott Bargas said. “So we’re hoping in due time that folks will come and call and help us with that investigation.”
It’s unclear what lead up to the incident and what role Jones played. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
Jones’ death marks Grand Rapids’ tenth homicide of the year, which puts the city past its 2018 total of nine homicides.