Couple robbed, one shot in southeast Grand Rapids

Posted at 8:46 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 23:23:30-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids police are investigating a shooting that left one man injured near Alger Middle School on Wednesday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 8 p.m. near the area of Alger Street SE and Blaine Avenue SE, about a block away from the middle school.

According to GRPD, one 47-year old man was shot in the abdomen. He was taken to a hospital and is in stable condition.

Police say the man and his wife were out for a walk when they were approached by two men in their early 20s. The men demanded that the woman hand over her purse and when she did they ran away, according to investigators.

At some point while running away, one of the suspects turned around and fired a shot, hitting the man, police said.

After the shooting, police said a Good Samaritan stopped and took the couple away from the area and helped them contact the police.

The suspects are still on the loose. Police describe one of them as a black male standing about 5'8" and weighing around 150 pounds. The second is said to be a 6'3' black male, weighing approximately 220 - 230 pounds. Both were said to be in their early 20s.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call GRPD at 616-456-3400 or anonymously through Silent Observer 616-774-2345.