Police investigating the Grand Rapids homicide of 31-year-old woman

Posted at 4:44 AM, Nov 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-06 04:44:34-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A 31-year-old woman is dead after a shooting in Grand Rapids early Friday morning, police said. Grand Rapids Police are working to notify the woman's family and find the person, or people, responsible.

It happened at around 4:10 a.m. in the area of Knapp and Truxton NE.  Grand Rapids Police are investigating the homicide. Investigators said a city street sweeping crew called 911 after witnessing part of the incident: they were clearing debris near where the shooting happened. By the time officers got to the scene investigators said the woman had died.

“We are going through all the evidence, taking measurements, we took photographs, we talked to neighbors in the area, we are actively following the leads where they take us," said Sgt. Terry Dixon with GRPD. "This is a very, very unfortunate event.”

Dixon said they are looking for a "dark colored vehicle," and lack a better description at this point due to partial witnesses and the morning darkness. Witnesses told police they saw someone shoot the woman, then get into a dark colored vehicle and speed off; investigators are unclear if there was anyone else with the shooter.

“We are in the business of trying to protect and serve and hold those accountable, and in this case we are looking for the suspect, or suspects involved, to hold them accountable," said Dixon.

Among other evidence, officers found a set of keys lying in leaves near the area where the woman was found. Dixon also said "at least one shot was fired" during this shooting. He added that it is unclear whether the woman who was killed and the shooter knew each other.

FOX 17 called City of Grand Rapids reps who said their employees, who witnessed the deadly shooting, will not be speaking about this incident at this time.

Officers are canvassing the neighborhood, hoping for any possible witnesses to come forward with what they may have seen or heard.  The GRPD's Major Case Team is investigating the homicide.

If you have any additional information you are asked to call Grand Rapids Police at, (616) 456-3400, or call Silent Observer at, (616) 774-2345.