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Grand Rapids police answer multiple calls on gunshots overnight

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Posted at 10:39 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 10:39:05-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Police Department answered no less than six calls on gunshots or shootings overnight Sunday to Monday.

At 5:15 p.m. Sunday, officers were called to Eastern Avenue and Prince Street SE when someone called in to report hearing 10 gunshots. Another caller said people in two cars were shooting at each other. Officers found a man who said he was the target. He told them he was at the corner of Franklin Street and Eastern Avenue SE, when four people in another car, a newer red vehicle, confronted him. When he drove off Eastern onto Prince Street, the other car followed him and the occupants began shooting. The victim eventually hit a pile of concrete blocks at College and Franklin, disabling his car. The suspects moved on. It was found that his car was hit by one bullet, and a car parked on Prince Street was also hit. Six shell casings were found in the 700 block of Prince Street.

Around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a man, 24, reported being shot in the leg. He called in from Hall Street and S. Division Avenue. He told police that he and friends were standing around in the 1000 block of Prospect Avenue SE when a white vehicle drove by and the three men inside shot at them. Police found eight shell casing at the scene. The victim is expected to recover.

There was a report of shots fired around 12:22 a.m. in the 200 block of Barnett Street SE. Officers found four or five bullet holes in a house in the block. The same house was hit by gunfire on Aug. 8. Multiple casings were found in the road, and witnesses said the shots came from a car that drove by. There were no injuries.

Around 12:40 p.m., a large group of people had gathered in the 1900 block of Jefferson Avenue SE when two men walked up to a man and a woman who told police they were in a vehicle waiting for friends. The pair shot a them, with one round hitting the windshield; the female driver, 23, received several cuts from flying glass. Sixteen shell casings were found in the street.

At about 12:58 a.m., a passerby came upon another man, 19, who claimed he was shot at Leonard Street and Turner Avenue NW. ?The passerby took the victim to Butterworth Hospital. He had a gunshot wound in the upper arm. He refused to answer questions from police. One shell casing was located at Turner and Crosby NW.

People in the 200 block of Ann Street NE called police reporting eight shots and the sound of a crash. Police found a stolen vehicle at the crash site with some bullet holes in it, plus they found bullet holes in two other vehicles and one house. They found 15 shell casings on the sidewalk. No injuries were reported.

If you know anything about these incidents, contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616-456-3380 leave information anonymously with Silent Observer online or by phone at 616-774-2345.