MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A teenager was killed in a shooting in Muskegon Wednesday morning, police said.
The Muskegon Police Department said officers were called to Jiroch Street south of Irwin Avenue around 10:50 a.m. There, they found the teen shot in the torso. He died at the scene.
Police said the victim was 15 years old, but a family member said the person killed was a 14-year-old who was visiting a friend. The teen’s name has not been released.
Police did not say what led up to the shooting, nor did they provide any information about suspects. They said they were investigating and that “detailed information will be released when it becomes available.”
The shooting happened not far from Muskegon High School. The school district said as a result, the school went into secure mode; no one was allowed in or out. At that time, a student entering campus was approached by a school resource officer. The student had a gun and was detained by police. Authorities have not confirmed whether that student was connected to the Jiroch shooting.
Muskegon Public Schools said support teams would be available Thursday for middle and high school students.
Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to contact Muskegon police at 231.724.6750 or Silent Observer at 231.722.7463.
Emotional family and friends of the teen arrived at the scene not long after the shooting. Later, a neighbor started a makeshift memorial with stuffed animals and a flower along the street. Neighbors said they want to see an end to the senseless violence in the area and they’re sick of seeing young lives lost. Last month, another shooting just a couple of blocks away killed a 6-month-old.