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Grand Rapids police investigating two shootings in city's Southeast side

Posted at 4:08 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 22:31:40-04

GRAND RAPIDS — One person is dead and another is in critical condition after two shootings in southeast Grand Rapids Friday.

According to police, the first shooting happened around 3:07 p.m. on 700 Bates St. SE.

Video obtained by FOX17 from a neighbor shows a gray SUV driving down the street and firing five shots. At least two people can be seen outside. Both of them ran away as the car approached them.

Police say they found multiple shell casings but at this time there are no confirmed injuries.

The second shooting happened around 3:22 p.m. along 1000 Adams St. near Kalamazoo Avenue.

When police arrived, they found two victims, both men.

Police say one man died while the other is in critical condition undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital.

“This right here, it shocks the community a lot, it may shock this street a lot because we’re pretty tight faced," said Nekaira Conway, neighbor. “It’s just like if you cannot stay in the community safely, I really don’t know. I’m kind of worried.”

Conway says she heard more than a dozen shots then saw a man lying in the street.

Multiple evidence markers were in the middle of the road and crime tape blocked off most of Adams Street.

According to Conway and another neighbor who did not want to be identified, at least one of the victims lived at a home on Adams. He was described as a friendly man who caused no problems.

“We see them every day," said Conway. "They speak when they see you and everything, but now it’s just like, 'Wow, why that house, why?”

It's the city's 23rd homicide in 2020.

“That is 23 lives taken, 23 families affected, and 23 parts of our community that have lost a resident and a community member," said Sgt. Dan Adams, Grand Rapids Police.

"Concerned, concerned a lot and I just hope they find whoever did this," said Conway. “You had no regards, you didn’t care, so whoever did it they need to find them, they need to find them.”

At this time it's not clear if the two shootings are related, but police are investigating.

GRPD is encouraging anyone with information on the situation to contact them at (616) 456-3400 or the Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345