Police: Man shot near downtown Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids
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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.”

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.

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