GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are searching for the passenger who shot and killed a woman while driving in southeast Grand Rapids early Tuesday morning.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said officers were called shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a two-car crash at the intersection of Eastern Avenue SE and 44th Street SE.
When they arrived, police said the officers found a woman who had been shot. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to GRPD. She was identified as Tamiqua Wright, 30.
Investigators believe the shooter was a passenger inside the vehicle while Wright was driving.
Sources tell News 8 the killing is believed to be domestic in nature.
Authorities are searching for the suspect, who ran away from the scene. No suspect description was released. Anyone with information is asked to call the GRPD Major Case Team at 616.456.3604 or 616.774.2340 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
Family said Wright left behind five children, four boys and the youngest, a 7-month-old girl. The children are now staying with family.
“She was just a great mom,” her cousin said.
Wright, who family called by the nickname ‘Beautiful,’ was recalled as fun and adventurous. Family said she loved soul food.
“She was always adventurous and outgoing,” her cousin, who asked not to be identified by name, said. “We used to just crack jokes. She got a real funny laugh.”
There have been at least four deaths in the extended family this year, the cousin and Wright’s aunt said.
“We’re so hurt. We don’t know what to do,” Wright’s aunt, who also asked not to be identified, said.
“People killing my nieces and nephews, and they don’t deserve that because they’re children of God…” she added. ” The streets just need to quit, go get a job, go do something with yourself. Leave my family alone.”
Wright worked as a scheduler for Corewell Health, formerly Spectrum Health.
“Ms. Wright was a valued member of our patient scheduling team. All of us at Corewell Health, formerly Spectrum Health, extend our deepest sympathy to Tamiqua’s family, friends and teammates.”Corewell Health
—News 8’s Susan Samples and Rachel Van Gilder contributed to this report.