GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was shot in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood Sunday evening, police say.
It happened around 7:20 p.m. S. Division Avenue and Cherry Street, south of the downtown area. A stretch of road there was shut down for about an hour and a half.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said the shooting happened during an altercation, though it wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the dispute.
A passerby said he was stopped at a red light when he saw a man shoot another man who was lying on the ground in front of Degage Ministries, a homeless outreach program.
“Noticed a guy carrying a gun and he just randomly shot a guy in what I believe was in the stomach,” the witness told 24 Hour News 8. “And I think he fired another shot.”
A man who witnessed the shooting from his car while he was stopped at a red light on Division Street says a man in his 20s or 30s was waving a gun around and appeared to randomly shoot another man laying on the ground in front of Dégagé Ministries. @WOODTV pic.twitter.com/hy4AsQ7n46 — Justin Kollar (@kollarjustin) April 22, 2019
The victim was hospitalized. His condition was not known later Sunday evening.
Police didn’t immediately release any details about a suspect. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
Police said Monday they were are looking into the possibility that the shooting may be linked to two other incidents in Grand Rapids over the weekend: a report of shots fired on Turner Avenue NW on the West Side and a homicide on Boston Street at Kalamazoo Avenue.