GRPD: 1 dead, 1 injured in shooting

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was killed in a shooting on Grand Rapids’ southeast side Friday afternoon, police say.

It happened around 3:20 p.m. on Adams Street SE west of Kalamazoo Avenue. The Grand Rapids Police Department said two people standing outside a home were shot.

Grand Rapids police respond to a deadly shooting scene along Adams Street SE near Kalamazoo Avenue. (Sept. 11, 2020)

One was killed. The other was hospitalized in critical condition.

GRPD initially called the incident a drive-by shooting, but backed off that description later. The department didn’t provide more details about the nature of the shooting.

The name of the person killed was not immediately released. Sgt. Dan Adams says both of the victims are male.

“There’s quite a bit of evidence to recover, but no amount of physical evidence is going to be as valuable as someone who saw or knows something about what happened. So, please contact the Grand Rapids Police Department. Investigators and forensics will be on scene for quite some time and working around the clock tonight to get a jump on this case,” Adams said.

People are asked to avoid the area as police investigate.

Police are also investigating what they described as a “gun battle” in the area of Bates Street SE and Henry Avenue around 3:05 p.m. No injuries were reported there, but police say they found multiple shell casings. They did not immediately have any suspects.

It’s not yet known whether the two shootings — which happened within about 15 minutes and one mile of one another — are connected.

The death marks Grand Rapids’ 23 homicide of 2020, which has been one of the city’s deadliest years ever. GRPD says it has solved 17 of those homicides.

Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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