City Leaders Plan ‘Next Step’ After Fatal Muskegon Shooting

Posted at 10:56 PM, Sep 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-25 05:37:03-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. — It was a shooting that is having rippling effects throughout Muskegon and a topic discussed during a city commission meeting September 24 at Muskegon City Hall.

The shootings at the Elks Charity Lodge on Ottawa Street left three people dead another four people injured.

Diane Foster, who lives down the street from the lodge, spoke during the public comment section of the meeting. She said that on four occasions she called the police after hearing gun shots. “You guys want to bring good things in community,” she said, addressing the commissioners.  “But you have to get rid of some of the bad things in our community.”

Now Foster is having a tough time dealing with the aftermath.  Foster said her daughter held one of the shooting victims after she was shot and run over by a car. “I don’t think my family will ever be the same after this weekend,” she said.

Muskegon police continue to search for a car involved in the incident.  They are hoping a witness will come forward and help them find a driver. Silent Observer is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The trouble so far in the investigation is that no one is coming forward.  Now the city commission is faced with the task of uniting a community and trying to bring to justice the people responsible.

“So lets all stand up and join together and make this house of Muskegon truly a home,” said Muskegon Mayor Stephen Gawron.

Commissioners said the next step will be to look at the liquor license at the Elks Charity Lodge and ensure the establishment is in good standing with the law.