GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating after two people were injured when shots rang out along a Grand Rapids street Sunday afternoon.
The shooting happened shortly before 4 p.m. in the area of Logan Street SE and Charles Avenue, which is west of Eastern Avenue.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said officers were initially called to the area on a report of shots fired. Bullet casings were found all along the block. A total of three cars were struck, and one round hit Messiah Missionary Baptist Church.
The victims, who were in one of the cars, later showed up at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening and they were later listed in stable condition.
Neither of the victims’ names was released Sunday, but police said they are a 16-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man. GRPD said they are believed to have been the intended targets.
Police brought in dogs to try to track down the shooter, but didn’t find anyone.
Messiah Missionary, the city’s oldest black Baptist church, was holding a service at the time of the shooting. No one inside was hurt and police don’t think it was targeted. Worshippers were asked to leave by an alternate exit so they wouldn’t disturb evidence along the street.
‘IT COULD’VE BEEN REALLY BAD’
As the shooting unfolded outside, Rocheia Anderson was taking cover with her 2-year old son and family members.
“I was scared. I thought they were going to shoot up in the household,” she told 24 Hour News 8.
“What if we were outside walking or something? It could’ve really been bad,” she continued.
While she was worried about her family, she was also concerned when she learned that the church was hit while people were inside.
“You never know where a bullet is going to go. It has no name on it,” she said.
Her brother, Brian Anderson, was playing a video game when he heard gunshots through his headphones.
“(I heard) about five shots. That’s when I started looking out the windows,” he said.
He got his family to the kitchen. Then, he said, he heard yelling.
The Andersons called the shooting careless and said they would like to see gun violence start declining.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.