According to the Ferris State Department of Public Safety, officers searched two apartments at Finch Court on the Ferris St. campus. But that search has not led authorities to the suspect.
Ferris St officers working with Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, Mescota County Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Emergency Support Tactical team located a vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting. That vehicle was parked near Finch Court, only a mile away from the shooting scene at the Venlo Place apartments.
Search warrants were secured to enter two Finch Court apartments, but neither was occupied.
As Ferris State police continue their search for the shooting suspect, activities will resume on the Big Rapids campus. The youth hockey tournament in the Ferris ice arena, suspended earlier today, will resume at 4:30 p.m. The ice arena will open at 4 p.m. The Festival of the Arts film event, scheduled for 7 p.m. in IRC will go on as scheduled.
The shooting suspect is described as a 6-foot African-American male with dreadlocks, age 20-25, 150-180 lbs., and was wearing black cargo pants, a red sweatshirt and black vest.
Students and community members should exercise caution as they move about the Big Rapids campus and surrounding areas. Students, who may be moving between residence halls and the Rock Café, are encouraged to use the buddy system.
Westside Café will remain closed for tonight, but will resume normal business hours on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Students and visitors to campus should expect to see an increased police presence as a safety precaution as the investigation continues.
Anyone with information is urged to call Ferris State University Department of Public Safety at (231) 591-5000.