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Chief comments on 1 dead, 3 injured in overnight shootings and stabbing in Grand Rapids

Posted at 3:16 AM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 16:57:07-04

Update from Monday, July 20: The victim of this weekend's homicide has been identified as Jordan Rashawan Ginns, a 24-year-old man from Kentwood.

This incident remains under investigation.

Sunday, July 19: In the wake of last night's shootings and stabbings, Police Chief Eric Payne issued the following statement on Sunday afternoon:

"I am both troubled and saddened by yet another life lost, a young man killed early this morning on the city’s northwest side. This week’s gun violence should trouble every person who lives and works in Grand Rapids. I will continue working with our community on increased efforts to do whatever we can to get at the root causes of this violence. But we need to do this together. This must include ongoing dialogue, including more cooperation from the public to help us solve these crimes. I believe together we have the ability to find real solutions to this unacceptable level of criminal behavior, which is causing devastating consequences to our neighborhoods."


One person is dead and three more injured in a series of overnight shootings and a stabbing in Grand Rapids.

At 7:30 p.m on Saturday, police responded to a call for shots fired and found five casings on Bradford Street near Belknap Child Development Center.

As officers investigated the scene, a 20-year-old man arrived at a hospital with gunshot wounds and said he was walking in the area of Bradford St. and College Ave., when someone in a vehicle shot at him.

Officers believe this to be the same event, given the close proximity to the original call.

A little after 11:30 p.m. on the same night, multiple 911 calls came in reporting an active gunfight on Bemis St. near Joe Taylor Park.

A 23-year-old woman was taken to the hospital after a bullet grazed the side of her head.

Police found 50 casings at multiple scenes in the area.

One vehicle was found crashed with 12 bullet holes in it, and the vehicle that transported the 23-year-old woman had one bullet hole.

Around 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, officers were flagged down in reference to a shooting victim on Turner Ave. near Broadway Bar and US-131.

They found an unconscious 24-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers attempted CPR before medical responders arrived, but it was too late and the man had passed away.

The name has not been released pending autopsy and notification of family members.

There is currently no suspect at this time.

Finally, just before 3 a.m. on Sunday, a 23-year-old woman arrived at a hospital in critical condition after being stabbed.

A friend who came with the victim said there was a fight involving many people at New York Fried Chicken on Division Ave.

During the fight, the 23-year-old was stabbed by another woman.

The victim has since been stabilized.

No one is currently in custody and this is being actively investigated by the Grand Rapids Police Department.