WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Wyoming police are working to learn why anyone would open fire on an 18-year-old bicyclist, killing him — was it random or was he targeted?

He was identified as Kane Coronado of White Cloud. He would have turned 19 next week.

“Somebody’s got to be a monster just to be able to shoot somebody and leave them laying and drive away,” his grandmother told News 8.

An undated photo of Kane Coronado. (Courtesy Christina White)
An undated photo of Kane Coronado. (Courtesy Christina White)

A small group of family and friends gathered Wednesday to mourn Coronado at the place where he died, bringing candles to light in his honor. Coronado’s grandmother, Tonya Ferguson, was among them.

“I needed to let him know that I was still with him. Grandma’s still there,” she said.

Coronado was shot while biking along Indian Mounds Drive south of the I-196 ramps in Hopewell Indian Mounds Park shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The Wyoming Department of Public Safety says a bystander started CPR on Coronado, who was shot once in the neck. Emergency responders also tried to save him but he died.

“Investigators are still attempting to determine the circumstances of what happened out there yesterday,” Wyoming DPS Lt. Rory Allen told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

Allen said detectives did not yet know whether Coronado was the intended target or if the shooting was random, saying it was “too early in the investigation to say that.”

“…We don’t have the facts of the case yet,” Allen added.

Police also didn’t know what type of gun was used. Allen said he was not aware of any shell casings being recovered at the scene.

“Witnesses report multiple shots,” Allen said. “I don’t have an exact number. We do know the victim was hit one time.”

Investigators are looking for a light-colored sedan that was seen headed east on Indian Mounds just after the shooting. Allen said investigators don’t know exactly how it was involved, but they want to talk to the people inside. Anyone who was at the park between about 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday and may have seen anything is asked to contact Wyoming police at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

The usually quiet stretch of Indian Mounds Drive, bordered on I-196 on one side and the Grand River on the other, is part of Kent Trails and is shared by cars, bikes and walkers. Coronado, an avid biker who was part of a bicycle group called Big Rippers 616, was riding alone when he was shot.

Friends gather along Indian Mounds Drive on Nov. 2, 2022, to mourn Kane Coronado, who was shot dead the previous day.
Friends gather along Indian Mounds Drive on Nov. 2, 2022, to mourn Kane Coronado, who was shot dead the previous day.

“That bicycle group was his thing,” his grandmother said. “Yeah, he loved it.”

While his Facebook page joked that he was a manager at Krusty Krab, the fictional burger joint from the cartoon “SpongeBob SquarePants,” his grandmother said he was working construction while living with a friend in White Cloud. Police say he was in Grand Rapids visiting friends.

“He wasn’t a bad kid, not bad at all. Kind of different, you know, the long hair and everything, but that’s what made Kane. That’s what made Kane,” she said.

At 2:45 p.m., just minutes before he was shot and killed, friends and family say, Coronado posted a video on Facebook from behind his handlebars, headed down Indian Mounds Drive.

“Just taking videos of the woods and just enjoying the ride. It was about a quarter of a mile down the road,” friend Blaze White said. “He was supposed to turn onto the bridge and take a right and then he’d be pretty much at my house.”

He said his friend was drawn out Tuesday by the nice weather. He was headed to White’s house to pick up his friend for a ride.

“We just wanted to go out and ride some bikes, have fun,” White said. “That’s what we do. We’re not out here trying to cause violence; we’re riding bikes, that’s all we’re doing. Just trying to have fun.”

White said a friend called him Tuesday afternoon about the shooting not far from his house.

“I ended up walking down this trail yesterday during the scene,” he said. “I got to the tape and that’s when I seen his bike laying there and just kind of knew.”

Police at the scene of a deadly shooting along Indian Mounds Drive SW in Wyoming on Nov. 1, 2022.
Police at the scene of a deadly shooting along Indian Mounds Drive SW in Wyoming on Nov. 1, 2022.

He wondered if the shooter targeted Coronado for his bike.

“Kane was a good person,” White said. “He never yelled at anybody, never had beef with anybody like that. Nobody wanted to target him. Whenever anybody would honk at us, he’d ignore it and just keep riding his bike. He was a positive kid. He was a good kid. Didn’t have anger for nobody.”

A GoFundMe account has been launched to help cover Coronado’s funeral expenses.

Police did not believe there was an outstanding threat to the public but said they would have extra patrols in the area in coming days out of an abundance of caution. Allen reminded visitors to parks to be aware of their surroundings, go out with friends and keep their phone with them.

“We certainly encourage anyone who sees anything suspicious or makes them feel unsafe to contact 911 right away,” Allen said.

*Correction: A previous version of this article included an incorrect time for the shooting. It happened shortly before 3 p.m. We regret the error, which has been corrected.