Witness Recalls Frat Party Shooting And Aftermath

Posted at 10:56 PM, Sep 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-23 01:01:38-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Sunday, around 2 a.m., Clint Parker witnessed the chaos that started at the home behind his. He lives on Kalamazoo`s West Michigan Avenue, near Frat Village.

“I was sitting on the front porch there,” he recalled. “All of a sudden, I heard a crash, something going through a window,” he added.

Parker said, “The glass shattered. About 5 seconds after that a gunshot went off.”

The home behind his is said to be a fraternity. A party was taking place. The students that live there attend Western Michigan University. FOX 17 spoke with some of the residents. They said a group of people who don`t attend the school showed up to their party uninvited. When the group was turned away, they became upset and got violent. The group threw objects through the windows and fired off a gun.

“Once that shot went off, it was just people pouring out the driveway, people screaming, yelling, running,” Parker recalled.

Kalamazoo police said a 20-year-old man was shot in the leg. A 20-year-old female attending the party had an injury to her back. Police said her injury may have been from flying glass. Both students are expected to be fine.

“They had the whole West Michigan [Avenue] lined with cops,” Parker said.

He said among previous parties, there hadn’t been any problems at the home before. He doesn’t think there will be any issues in the near future.

“It`s Kalamazoo. We`re on a college campus. It`s not really unheard of nowadays,” Parker said. “You know, now that it`s happened here, it probably won`t happen here for a little bit longer I hope,” he added.

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