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Kalamazoo Police seek help investigating six shootings in two days

KDPS image suspect vehicle and suspect in Vanzee St shooting June 15, 2020.JPG
Posted at 10:01 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 12:24:25-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Shots were fired in six different incidents on Monday and Tuesday in Kalamazoo and three times people were hit, creating a challenge for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety investigators.

Some houses with people inside were struck by bullets, and in one case a vehicle was hit by gunfire.

In a release, KDPS described how it has been difficult to either locate witnesses or get cooperation.

If you know anything about these cases, call KDPS Criminal Investigations Division at 269-337-8139 or anonymously leave tips with Silent Observer online or by phone at 269-343-2100. (The KDPS release said there were six shootings in two days, but they only described the five cases here:)

  • Monday, June 15, 2:55 p.m., 1800 block of Vanzee St., three different firearms used gunfire that hit a house. It’s not known if the house was the target. KDPS obtained images of a suspect and suspect vehicles.
KDPS image suspect vehicle and suspect in Vanzee St shooting June 15, 2020.JPG
Image of suspect vehicle and suspect in Vanzee St shooting June 15, 2020. (Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety)

  • Monday, June 15, 7:58 p.m., in the area of Hawley and North Street, officers found five bullet casings from two firearms, but apparently no people or homes were hit.
  • Monday, June 15, 10:54 p.m., 800 block of E. Stockbridge Ave., two firearms used in a shooting where police found 11 bullet casings. Witnesses say two men got out of an older dark-colored Chevrolet Trailblazer and fired rounds, though it’s unknown what they were shooting at. One person was shot, but the victim is not cooperating with police.
  • Tuesday, June 16, 7:57 p.m., 1800 block of Vanzee St., in the same area as one of Monday’s shootings, officers were called to the area and determined there had been a shooting where shots were fired at a man, 22, standing on the sidewalk. Then a victim with a gunshot wound appeared at Bronson Hospital. That man remains in critical but stable condition. One woman was arrested for tampering with evidence at the scene of the shooting, and a search warrant was executed at a house where a handgun and shell casings were found. Police obtained a picture of the driveby vehicle.
  • Tuesday, June 16, 9:30 p.m., near the intersection of Frank Street and N. Burdick Street, police found 17 shell casings, spoke with witnesses, and obtained a video that shows a man leaning out of the window of a light colored car and shooting at a dark colored car. A vehicle nearby with parked with someone inside was hit by a bullet, but the occupant wasn’t hurt.