Woman shot, killed while walking in Wyoming

Kent County

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Wyoming police are searching for a masked gunman who killed a woman along a busy street just after noon on Friday.

The 34-year-old woman was walking down the sidewalk along Burton Street SW at Alba Avenue, just west of Clyde Park, when the gunman opened fire. Police hadn’t released the victim’s name.

Neighbors up and down the residential stretch of Burton said they heard up to a half-dozen shots.

A man who didn’t want to be identified told News 8 he was pulling out of a nearby driveway with his wife when the sound of gunfire caught their attention.

“We heard one pop, we both looked that way and we saw a person in dark clothes and a hoodie, aiming at someone and pulling a trigger about five or six times,” he said.

Police said the suspect, between 5-foot-10 and 6-foot-2, was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt and a blue face mask. They had no other description.

Police investigate a shooting near Burton Street SW and Alba Avenue SW in Wyoming on Nov. 27, 2020. 
Police investigate a shooting near Burton Street SW and Alba Avenue SW in Wyoming on Nov. 27, 2020.

“We saw him run down that street there toward the north (on Alba Avenue),” the witness told News 8.

The witness’ wife called 911.

One neighbor said the shots woke him from a nap in his home across the street.

“I come out here and there’s somebody lying face down,” said Darius Sandusky. “It’s more shocking than anything. This neighborhood used to be so nice, quiet. Now, it’s just like in broad daylight somebody’s getting shot the day after Thanksgiving.”

He said he was also disturbed when he saw some passersby stopping to take photos with their phones.

“You’re recording somebody face down, dying, all for some clicks on YouTube or on their social media platforms?” he said. “It’s a little ridiculous right there.”

Police said they’re still trying to learn what led up to the shooting.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at 616.530.7366 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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