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2 arrested in Holland Township shootings

Posted at 4:33 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 12:12:40-05

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Two men are in custody for allegedly shooting at homes and vehicles around Holland Township over the last month.

The string of shootings started Nov. 21 at the intersection of River and Douglas Avenues. Authorities said a man fired several shots at a vehicle stopped at the intersection, and a cellphone may have helped a teen escape with just minor injuries.

The other incidents happened over the next two weeks along Lakewood Boulevard and near a gas station near 136th Avenue and Butternut Drive.

After speaking to witnesses and collecting evidence, investigators identified the suspects and determined they knew the victims. Motives behind the incidents are still under investigation.

On Dec. 12, deputies arrested 19-year-old Jonathan Jair Garces-Palma for his alleged connection to the shootings. He is being held on charges of shooting from a moving vehicle and being an accessory after a crime.

The next day, detectives received tips that another suspect was at a home on Stratford Way in Holland. Several hours after authorities arrived at the home, the suspect came outside and was taken into custody.

That suspect, 21-year-old Nilson Morales, is charged with four counts of discharging a firearm from a vehicle, four counts of felony firearm and one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

Investigators say two other people have been identified, but haven’t been charged at this point. More charges are expected in the case.