FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Relatives of the 18-year-old Norton Shores man who was shot and killed early Thursday said he and the shooter were long-time acquaintances.

During an early-morning confrontation, Dylan Owens was shot repeatedly by a man his family said had known him for 12 years.

“They had known each other from us being neighbors,” Owens’ aunt, Julie Rhines, said, adding that they had attended middle school together for a short time.

An undated courtesy photo of Dylan Owens.

Fruitport Township Police said the shooting stemmed from earlier conflicts between the suspect and Owens, but family members said they didn’t know what led to the dispute.

“Dylan was an amazing soul and he would have (given) anyone anything that he had,” his aunt said in a statement to News 8. “Dylan was my nephew that was so much like a son… Dylan not only was taken from us but also his daughter that will be born in March.”

Police say the shooting happened just before 3 a.m. near South Third Avenue and Park Street. They found Owens inside a car, shot repeatedly.

Neighbors said they saw police searching Pomona Park after the shooting.

The suspect, who was convicted of assault in 2019 in Ottawa County, is being held at the Muskegon County Jail for suspicion of murder.

Police expect to turn over the case to prosecutors on Friday for possible charges. It’s unclear what exact charges he will face.