One killed in pair of shootings following Grand Rapids fireworks

Posted at 10:48 PM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 22:49:43-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  A 21-year-old man is dead following a pair of shootings in Grand Rapids Saturday night.

Police say they responded to two shootings during the annual fireworks show.

The first shooting happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. in the area of Pearl Street and Summer Avenue NW.  According to a press release, officers were monitoring a large crowd when they heard multiple gunshots.

A 17-year-old male was taken to the hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. Police say a 19-year-old male was also hospitalized. However, his current condition is not known.

About 10 minutes after that shooting,  officials received multiple 911 calls regarding a shooting near 6th Street and Front Avenue NW. When officers arrived on that scene, they found a 21-year-old male and a female victim.

Police say the man died from his wounds. The female victim was taken to the hospital for surgery.

Grand Rapids police say both shootings happened outside the event boundaries for the fireworks show, and add they were able to respond quickly because of the added presence in the area for the occasion.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call Grand Rapids police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.