GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say one man was killed and another was critically injured during a shootout in Grand Rapids early Friday morning.
Grand Rapids Police Department said around 2:10 a.m., two officers were driving northbound on S. Division Avenue near Fair Street SE when they heard several gunshots.
There was an active gunfight with multiple shooters, and one officer returned fire. It appears that the officer did not shoot anyone, according to GRPD Chief Eric Winstrom. No officers were injured.
However, two people were struck by gunfire during the shootout. One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and another was taken to the hospital in critical condition, according to Winstrom. Their names have not been released.
“We had two young men shot. One of them died. One of them is in critical condition, probably going to be in surgery today. So keep them and their families in mind,” Winstrom said.
Family of the man who was hospitalized told News 8 that he was caught in the crossfire.
The police department said the victims were not in the immediate area where the officer opened fire.
Surveillance video from a nearby auto repair shop, Plaza Tires, shows people running away as shots were fired. One took cover behind a parked car. Police arrived moments later.
This is not the first deadly shooting that happened outside the My Place Bar. A man was killed and another man was seriously hurt in March.
Police have not said if anyone involved in the most recent shooting had been at the business.
Ciro Barias, the owner of Plaza Tires, lives nearby and was woken up by the sounds of gunshots.
“It’s not the bar. It’s the area,” Barias said. “They have to do something about it. They have to do something about it because there’s a lot of good people still in the area.”
Winstrom said it was too early in the investigation to determine how many shooters were involved.
“There were multiple people shooting, possibly shooting at each other. We’re still trying to paste that together,” Winstrom said. “There were two firearms recovered on scene, but we have evidence that there were more, possibly as many as three or four more individuals armed that fled the scene.”
The chief said there were dozens of people at the scene around the time of the shooting, and investigators have spoken to more than 30 to 40 witnesses. GRPD believes there may be more witnesses who left the scene.
Around noon, officers continued to collect evidence, including dozens of shell casings. As authorities investigate, Winstrom said Division will be closed between Stevens and Cottage Grove streets.
Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD detectives at 616.456.3380 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
Michigan State Police are investigating the officer-involved shooting, which is standard procedure. The officer who fired their gun has been placed on administrative leave, which is also standard procedure.
— News 8’s Kyle Mitchell contributed to this report.