HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — Police say they have arrested the person responsible for a shooting that killed a man and wounded another in Holland Wednesday night.
A 19-year-old from Holland whose name has not yet been released faces charges of open murder, assault with intent to commit murder and felony firearm, the Holland Department of Public Safety says. The suspect’s name will be released when he is arraigned, which could happen as early as Friday.
The shooting happened just before 10:30 p.m. in the 400 block of College Avenue, between 16th and 17th streets, in front of the home Caleb Kreig shares with his wife.
“I heard like five to eight shots. I actually thought it was maybe fireworks at first,” Kreig said. “Came downstairs and the police were there, seems like in a minute or two of the shooting. They were already giving the guy who fell off the bike CPR.”
A 19-year-old man died. His name has not been released.
As of Thursday, an 18-year-old was in critical condition at a Grand Rapids hospital. Police had not been able to talk to him, saying he was in surgery earlier in the day.
“Detectives have been following working through the night, following up on as many leads as we can come up with. We’re continuing to work the case,” Holland DPS Capt. Robert Buursma said.
Police say the shooter opened fire on the two victims as they rode bicycles along College. That shooter was also on a bicycle, police say.
Investigators say the shooting was not random; the victims were targeted.
Hope College, which is about three blocks from where the shooting happened, locked down for several hours after the shooting as a precaution. Neither victim was a student at Hope.
“Anytime we have an incident where there’s the threat of a weapon, a shooting, whatever, if it’s in the vicinity of one of the local schools, colleges, we notify them and then the decision is up to that entity if they’re going into lockdown,” Buursma said.
If you have any information on the shooting, your asked to call Holland Public Safety at 616.355.1150 or Silent Observer at 1.877.877.4536, or text your information to 274637.