Basketball games at Muskegon Heights cancelled following parking lot shooting
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — School officials cancelled Monday evening’s basketball game after last week’s shooting in the parking lot of Muskegon Heights High School.
John Helmholdt with Grand Rapids Public Schools released a statement Monday evening:
“Working closely with our colleagues in Muskegon Heights, we mutually agreed that it is in the best interest of our students and families to cancel tonight’s games while the community is still heeling from last week’s incident.”
The shooting happened Feb. 9 following the game between Ottawa Hills High School and Muskegon Heights High School.
Four people, including two Muskegon Heights students, were injured in the shooting. They have all since been released from the hospital.
Clarence Jamichael McCaleb, 21, is charged in connection with the shooting. He was arraigned Feb. 10 on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, felony firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office says he could face additional charges.
According to the Muskegon County Prosecutor, McCaleb was confronted by a Muskegon County Sheriff’s Deputy after the initial shooting.
The deputy wounded McCaleb in the confrontation. The prosecutor’s office says that the investigation so far shows the deputy took the necessary action to save his life and save others at the scene.
According to detectives, McCaleb told them that he had gone to Muskegon Heights to watch the basketball game. He ran into a group of people at the game and went out to his car to get a gun. He told police that when he tried to leave, the group of people ran at him and he fired shots into the crowd.
Officials say McCaleb fired at least three shots, then ran away and fired into the air.