KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Two Kalamazoo Township men were shot Wednesday, prompting two large police responses.
The injured men, ages 18 and 19, were hospitalized. Kalamazoo Township Police Department Chief Bryan Ergang said one was listed in critical condition.
The shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. outside a home in the 1500 block of Waverly Drive north of E. Main Street. That’s near Northeastern Elementary, but class was not in session due to the upcoming holiday.
Ergang said the shooting is not believed to have been random.
Police said two suspects were seen taking off in two waiting minivans: one maroon and one silver.
“We’re still trying to gather a lot of information from various locations, a lot of people to talk to, there’s a lot of video to go through, so we’re working through that now,” Ergang told reporters shortly before 6 p.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 269.488.8911 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.
Not long after the shooting, police got a tip that one of the minivans had been spotted in front of a house less than a mile away in the 700 block of Wallace Avenue, south of Main. Crews converged on the home. Officers with rifles drawn, the Special Response Team and an armored vehicle could be seen. Neighbors were told to stay back.
“Your house is surrounded,” a negotiator could be heard saying over a bullhorn. “We are investigating a serious crime and need your cooperation.”
After a couple of hours, officers left Wallace. Ergang said they learned that the people in the house weren’t involved in the shooting.