BCPD: Fatal shooting of teen an ‘isolated incident’

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — A teenager is dead and another wounded after a shooting in Battle Creek over the weekend. Investigators are now working to piece together what happened, why and who may be responsible.

Police say 17-year-old Marcus Flanigan died in the hospital Monday night.

Flanigan was shot in the back of the head around 3:20 a.m. Sunday. A 15-year-old boy was also shot. He was in stable condition Tuesday and is expected to survive. The shooting was reported by another 15-year-old who flagged down a police officer.

Though a suspect hasn’t yet been identified, there is not believed to be any danger to the public, Battle Creek Police Department Detective Sgt. Todd Elliott said. He called the shooting “an isolated incident.”

It happened in front of a house near Merritt and Cherry streets. Police interviewed the man who lives in the house.   

“He’s not a suspect at this point,” Elliott said. “He’s still a vague person of interest only because that’s his house and this happened right in front of his house.”

Investigators are working to find out why the three teens were out in such early hours and what they were doing.  

“We don’t know if there was a connection to anyone at that house, if they were going there to do something,” Elliott said. “We just don’t know right now.”

Police are asking for the public’s help.

“Our hope with having the victim’s name out in this is that people will realize who it is and maybe put two and two together on something that may have not made sense before but it does now, and we’re just asking for any information to be called into us,” Elliott said.

Anyone with information can call BCPD at 269.781.0911 or Silent Observer 269.964.3888.

Elliott said this is not a situation where people should be concerned for their safety.

“There’s been some concern in the neighborhood that there’s a gunman on the loose,” he said. “While the suspect is still out there and we haven’t recovered the weapon, that by definition is accurate. However, we don’t believe that this is somebody that’s going around randomly shooting at people.”

**Correction: A previous version of this article stated the shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. It actually happened around 3:30 a.m. We regret the error.

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