Police ID teen found shot to death in Wyoming

Kent County

WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Police have publicly identified the 15-year-old boy who was found dead inside of a vehicle at a busy Wyoming intersection early Saturday morning.

Authorities said they were called to Byron Center Avenue SW and Prairie Parkway SW around 1:15 a.m. on reports of a person being shot. When first responders arrived, they found Emanuel Jesus Hernandez inside a vehicle with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A courtesy photo of Emanuel Jesus Hernandez.
A courtesy photo of Emanuel Jesus Hernandez.

Authorities’ initial investigation indicates that the victim was shot in the parking lot of 1965 Prairie Parkway and the driver of the vehicle was trying to take the teen to a hospital.

Loved ones of the victim told News 8 that the driver was Hernandez’s girlfriend. 

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, police were again near the scene of the shooting to execute a search warrant in connection to the homicide investigation. 

Police said three individuals who fled the scene were taken into custody on active arrest warrants unrelated to the homicide. 

Investigators said they do not believe the three people arrested are connected to Hernandez’s death. 

Officials told News 8 that the relationship between the victim and the shooter or shooters is not known at this time but preliminary information suggests the incident is not random.

While the suspect or suspects are not in custody, police say there is no specific threat or reason to believe there is any elevated danger to the general public.

There is no description of the suspect or suspects at this time.

Although this incident is in close proximity to the shooting that occurred earlier in the day at Waterchase Apartments in Wyoming, it does not appear the two are related, according to police.

Friends are planning a memorial for Hernandez that’s scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection where he died, Byron Center Avenue SW and Prairie Parkway SW in Wyoming. 

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to contact Wyoming Police at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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