KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the two teens who was shot in Kalamazoo remained in the hospital Wednesday with serious injuries, police said.
The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon along W. Dutton Street near S. Westnedge Avenue. The shooter, who was on foot, came upon a group of teens on the sidewalk.
“There was a conversation, words exchanged between the assailant and the group of young men that were standing or walking,” Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Vernon Coakley told News 8 Wednesday.
Police don’t know exactly what was said, but they do know that the shooter then fired several shots.
Two of those shots hit teens. One of them, a 17-year-old, had been released from the hospital as of mid-day Wednesday, but the 15-year-old was still in critical condition.
Coakley said the suspect was described as a Black male, possibly in his late teens, standing at least 6 feet tall with a thin build. KDPS also released surveillance images of the suspect that show he was wearing dark clothing, including a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with a white logo on it and a black mask.
“I want the community to see this,” Coakley said, holding up a printed surveillance photo. “We are fed up with violence in our community. It is time to be proactive and do what we need to do to bring people to justice for their behavior in our community. Enough’s enough.”
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call KDPS at 269.488.8911 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.
Officials said late Wednesday afternoon that one person had been taken into custody for possible involvement in the shooting, though they did not immediately describe that person as a suspect or person of interest or provide any other details about why that person was detained.
The shooting is believed to have been an isolated incident.
“We’ve canvassed this area,” Coakley said. “We’ve talked to residents. We’ve given and listened to their concerns. We’re going to be here to protect to the city of Kalamazoo.”
Police initially said the victims were both 13 but officials clarified Wednesday they were ages 15 and 17.
—News 8’s David Horak contributed to this report.