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MSP investigating 2 shootings on US-131

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Posted at 3:03 PM, Sep 12, 2020

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan State Police's (MSP) Rockford Post is investigating two similar-type freeway shootings that occurred over a 5-hour period on US-131 in the city of Grand Rapids, in the same general location.

It has not been confirmed by MSP that these two shootings are related.

Friday night around 9 p.m., a 46-year-old Grand Rapids woman and her 54-year-old Grand Rapids brother were driving south on US-131 near Market Ave. when they heard what they believed to be gunshots.

Both people saw what looked like muzzle flashes coming from a sedan driving in the lane next to them. They exited the freeway, while the suspect vehicle continued southbound on US-131.

Several bullet holes were found in the vehicle. Neither person in the vehicle was struck or injured.

5 hours later, around 2:00 a.m. early Saturday morning, a 32-year-old Grand Rapids man was driving his company security vehicle southbound on US-131 near Hall St. when a sedan pulled up next to him at a high rate of speed.

The man said he heard gun shots coming from the sedan and heard bullets striking his vehicle. He pulled off the freeway, as the suspect vehicle continued south on US-131.

Three bullet holes were found in that vehicle. The driver was not struck or injured.

The suspect vehicle in each incident is described as a blue or silver sedan. Investigators are working to determine if the incidents are related and working to develop suspect(s).

Anyone who may have witnessed these incidents or has additional information is asked to contact the MSP Rockford Post at (616)866-4411 or MSP Regional Dispatch at (989)732-5141.