GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was killed and another was hurt in a Friday night shooting in Grand Rapids, police say.
On Saturday morning, The Grand Rapids Police Department said a 20-year-old man died at the hospital and a 15-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The shooting happened around 8 p.m. in the area of Batchawana Street and Shangrai-La Drive, near the intersection of 28th Street and Englewood Avenue.
A man and a teenage boy were walking down the sidewalk when they were shot, Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Eric Winstrom said. He said there were dozens of shell casings at the scene.
“We know that there was at least one shooter, probably more than one shooter, and likely in a car,” Winstrom said, saying it was likely a drive-by shooting.
He said police were canvasing the area and speaking with witnesses Friday night. Officers believe it may have been a targeted shooting.
GRPD said a suspect was wearing a black mask. No arrests have been made.
Winstrom said it was a “tough day.”
“It hurts. It’s one of our first really warm days over 80, and there’s a lot of young people out,” he said. “I’d be surprised if they’re over 20 years old. It’s a really difficult thing to go through and we got to come up with a way to put the guns down and get the young people in the city to realize that violence isn’t the answer.”
Winstrom said there has been an increase in the use of stolen cars for other crimes. He could not say if a stolen car was used in this shooting but said police are looking into that possibility.
“I’m outraged, and I want everybody in Grand Rapids to be outraged. I never want this to be the norm,” he said. “We don’t want to see this as a pattern throughout the summer like we saw it last summer. We want this to be it.”
— News 8’s Demetrios Sanders contributed to this report.