EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A shots fired call followed by a man found dead in the street just 3 miles away. Are the two connected?
Detectives from Grand Rapids and East Grand Rapids are trying to find out.
Just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety officers answering a welfare check found a man lying near the intersection of Lake Drive SE and Plymouth Road near Corewell Health Blodgett Hospital. He had been shot in the head and died a short time later.
Thirty-five minutes earlier and 3 miles away, Dave Singh was getting ready to close up the Bere Store at Cass Avenue Se and Martin Luther King Jr. Street when he heard gunfire.
“I heard some shots and I thought, ‘Somebody got shot or something.’ I didn’t know what was happening,” Singh said. “It wasn’t no pistol. I know that because it was like five, six times. They shot like five, six times. It was automatic shots, no stop. “
Moments later, the party store’s outside security camera captured images of a vehicle, possibly a white crossover, speeding away.
“I don’t believe there’s any threat to the community at this time,” East Grand Rapids police Chief Mark Herald told News 8.
Asked if the man may have ended up in the intersection when someone was trying to get him to the hospital, Herald replied that police “have no indication one way or another.”
Herald’s detectives are working with GRPD Major Case Team detectives to figure out if the shots fired call and the man’s death are connected.
Singh said GRPD officers have seen his surveillance video of the car leaving the area of Cass and MLK. East Grand Rapids investigators are looking for doorbell camera or any other video that may show the victim being dropped off near Lake and Plymouth.
“We need any residents or community members that have any information regarding the incident in Grand Rapids or the incident that occurred in East Grand Rapids to give us a call,” Herald said.
Even if it’s something you don’t think is significant, like a speeding car or suspicious activity in or around either scene, it could be the lead investigators need.
“If you think you saw something or are unsure, it’s always best to err on the side of trying to help the community, give us a call. If it’s nothing, that’s OK. But let us determine of the information is important or not,” Herald said.
To that end, if you have information, you think could help, you can call East Grand Rapids Public Safety at 616.949.7010. If you want to remain anonymous, Silent Observer is another option. You can reach Silent Observer at 616.774.2345 or silentobserver.org.