Man injured in shooting near Little League park

St. Joseph County

CONSTANTINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A high school sporting event in St. Joseph County was placed on lockdown after a man was shot near a little league park Wednesday night, school officials said.

It happened just before 8 p.m. near South Washington Street and Meadow Lane, not far from the high school baseball field that went into lockdown.

The situation leading up to the shooting is unknown at this time, but Constantine Public Schools says several little league games were underway. They also said no children were injured.

The Constantine Police Department said the victim was flown by helicopter to a hospital in South Bend. Police Chief Mark Honeysett says the man is 38-years-old and from Cassopolis.

“We had one gentleman who was hit four times in the upper torso. Apparently they weren’t as serious as first thought, the last I heard he is in stable condition,” Honeysett said.

No one is in custody, but St. Joseph County Sheriff Mark Lillywhite says they are tracking down leads and were able to get information from the victim.

“I want to think that it was just coincidental, that it wasn’t anything targeted, but that’s what we’re trying to find out,” Honeysett said. “It was an argument as I understand it. There wasn’t any physical altercation.”

Constantine Little League President Nick Godfrey issued a statement on social media.

“As you have no doubt heard by now, there was a tragic incident at our park Wednesday night. There are no words that can be used to express my disgust for the people (TRASH) that decided that a Little League park full of kids and families was the appropriate place for such a violent act. Thankfully, no players, coaches or innocent bystanders were physically harmed. That does not, however, suggest that there isn’t emotional damage done by these actions. Our purpose as a Little League is and will always be to provide a place for kids to have fun and grow in a sport they love, and no amount of evil in this world will ever change that. Constantine is an amazing community full of strong, resilient people that stand up to adversity and get stronger in the face of it. We’ll take a day off from playing games on Thursday to allow our amazing State, County and Local Police to complete their work, and then we’re right back at it. 

Let’s show the world what it means to be FALCON STRONG.”

Constantine Public Schools had counselors available to talk to student Thursday.

News 8 crews also saw police blocking another road nearby. It’s unclear if the two incidents are related.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Constantine Police Department at 269.435.2085.

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