HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was killed and another was injured in a shooting at a church parking lot in Holland, police say.
Just after 8 p.m., officers with the Holland Department of Public Safety responded to the area of Michigan Avenue and 22nd Street in Holland. A short time later, police say two people arrived to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
After some investigation, police say there was an “altercation” in the parking lot of Moran Park Church and two people were shot: a 33-year-old Holland woman and a 34-year-old Holland man. The woman died at the scene. Her death is being investigated as a homicide, police say.
The man was transferred to a Grand Rapids hospital and his condition is not known.
Police are looking for a suspect, who they describe as a “heavy-set Hispanic male” around 40 years old wearing all black clothing.
It is not known what led up to the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616.355.1150 or by emailing email@example.com, or by contacting Silent Observer at 877.887.4536 or online at www.mosotips.com.
Carole Hoskins, one of the Moran Park Church elders, said the congregation is offering support to friends, family, and the community as they grieve the loss of life.
“We would love to provide any kind of pastoral care and support that we can, to pray, to come alongside in whatever ways that we can. It’s heartbreaking,” Hoskins said. “There’s fear. This kind of thing obviously brings out fear and people who live in the neighborhood are concerned.”
If you would like to reach out to the church, you can call and leave a voicemail on the main church phone line at 616.796.0218.