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MSU Students Shot in East Lansing Apartment

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Two Michigan State University students were shot Friday evening, at least one of whom is from West Michigan.  The search continued Saturday morning for the shooter.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Feb. 18, 2014) — A person of interest in the fatal Jan. 31 shooting near Michigan State University was arrested after a brief standoff in Grand Rapids Tuesday night.

Sources close to the investigation say that that man is 19-year-old Marqua McCoy.

Police began investigating a home in the 800 block of Temple Street SE at about 7 p.m.  They later surrounded the home before the man surrendered at approximately 8:30 p.m.

According to Grand Rapids Police, Temple Street was blocked off in the area of Butler and Marshall avenues.

McCoy is a parole absconder, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Dominique Nolff, 20, of Middleville was killed in that homicide at Cedar Village Apartments near MSU’s campus.  His roommate, 20-year-old Corbin Holwerda, of Grand Haven was injured but has since been released from the hospital.

Suspect BackEAST LANSING,Mich. — (Feb 7, 2014) — The East Lansing Police Department is asking for the public’s continued help in locating the man suspected of fatally shooting one MSU student and injuring another on Friday, Jan. 31 at an apartment complex in the 200 block of Cedar Street.

The East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) has released video footage of the man suspected of fatally shooting one MSU student and injuring another on the night of Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 in the 200 block of Cedar Street in East Lansing. Anyone with information is urged to contact ELPD at (517) 319-6811.

 

 

 

 

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 20-25 years of age, approximately 6’1″-6’3″ tall and approximately 170 lbs. with a slim build. It’s believed he received significant facial injuries during the struggle with the victims. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a black hooded North Face winter jacket, tan pants and black shoes.

suspectfrontEAST LANSING, Mich. – Police in East Lansing released surveillance photos Tuesday which they hope will generate leads to bring a suspected killer into custody.

Michigan State University student Dominique Nolff from Middleville died after being shot Friday evening in an apartment at Cedar Village which is adjacent to the MSU campus.  Nolff was a 2012 Thornapple-Kellogg High School graduate.

His roommate, Corbin Holwerda of Grand Haven, was also shot.  He was treated and released from Sparrow Hospital.

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Until now, police have said little about the case including the motive; however, they did tell reporters that the shooting was not a random act.

East Lansing Police said the images show the suspect arriving and leaving the apartment complex Friday evening.

msu victims “The suspect is described as a black male; approximately 6’1”-6’3” tall, approximately 170 lbs. and approximately 20-25 years of age. At the time of the fatal shooting, it is believed he was wearing a black hooded North Face winter jacket, tan pants and black shoes. It’s believed he received significant facial injuries during the struggle with the victims,” said police.

The investigation is ongoing. Now anyone with information is asked to call the ELPD Detective Bureau at (517) 319-6884.

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. — The family of 20-year-old Dominique Nolff is mourning his death following a shooting at his apartment on Friday night.

Nolff’s aunt Heather Bush said that she was at home when she got the call that something had happened.

“The whole family got up there. My aunts, parents and cousins were all there in the waiting room all night long,” said Bush.

Bush said that the family prayed for hours, hoping Nolff would survive. Saturday morning the family made the decision to take him off life support.

“I was there. I went in and said my goodbyes. I went in and they still had his heart beating because they were trying to save his organs, so his heart was still beating, but he wasn’t there,” said Bush.

Nolff was a star athlete at Thornapple Kellogg High School where he graduated from in 2012. Nolff played on both the football and basketball team.

“I was his biggest fan. I would be there screaming and cheering him on. Even he couldn’t hear me, but I would be there. I loved him. He was my nephew. My first nephew,” said Bush.

Nolff’s younger brother Trenton is a junior at the high school. He posted this quote on his Facebook page:

“Today I lost my best friend and brother. My brother and I use to fight like brothers do and we use to laugh and joke around like brothers do. Dominique your baby brother is going to miss you so much and I’m going to be the best man I can be for you. You’ll always be on my mind Dominique, I love you so much. Rest in peace Dominique James Nolff 11/19/93 – 2/1/14 everyone loves you and we’ll all miss you but your in a better place now.”

Principal Tony Koski said that although Nolff only attended the school his senior year, his bright personality left a lasting impression.

“It’s surreal, unbelievable. You know a young man like this. Life taken, it’s just hard to explain,” said Koski.

Bush said that Nolff’s organs are being donated.

“A lot of kids don’t even think about that, but he knew if something ever happened to him, he wanted to help somebody else out. I mean that’s the kind of person he was. He wasn’t just thinking about himself, he thought about everyone else.”

Bush said that the family is hopeful an arrest will be made soon.

“I want him caught. Like for somebody to shoot someone four times? He went in there for murder. How do you shoot someone four times? Four times? Like you were out for something,” said Bush.

The school said that if will have grief counselors at the school on Monday for any students struggling with the tragedy.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Investigators say a gunman shot 20-year-olds Dominique James, “DJ,” Nolff of Middleville (pictured) and Corbin Holwerda of Grand Haven.

Corbin was treated and released for a single gunshot wound at Sparrow Hospital, but family friends say DJ suffered several gunshots, and died Saturday morning.

Many MSU students say when they finally heard what happened, there was an outpouring of prayers and thoughts sent to DJ, Corbin and their families.

MSU Police say they sent out a mass text alert to students at around 11 pm Friday night, more than 2 hours after the shooting, because they had to confirm details with the East Lansing Police Department first.

“I’m honestly very surprised. I’m kind of shocked, and I’m kind of upset that the University didn`t notify me and let me know exactly what was going on,” says Andrew Stefanick, MSU junior.

“You would hope that they’d get it out sooner because there could be things that would happen afterwards. You’d want to have quicker notice,” says Justin Klass, MSU graduate student.

“When a tragedy hits so close to home like that, Spartans want to know as soon as possible. We want to be able to react and to empathize with that individual and their families, and band together, because that’s what Spartans do,” says Hannah Watts, MSU sophomore.

Others say a text message doesn’t change things.

“For me personally being so close, if I got the text or not, I don’t think it would have changed my safety; maybe I would have locked the door,” says Brian Perry, MSU senior.

Many Spartans say this shooting demands greater police presence off campus, and heightened building security.

“It just shows how easy it is, you can just be roaming around and walk in anywhere; especially living off-campus, I think that exposes us to more people, whether that`s homeless or whatever,” says Perry.

Investigators say the gunman is still at large and describe him as a black man in his early twenties with an average height and build, who was wearing tan pants, a black coat and black shoes or boots at the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to get in touch with the East Lansing Police Department at (517) 319-6884.

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02/01/14

One MSU Student Dies After Off-Campus Shooting; Suspect Still At Large

DJ Nolff

Dominique Nolff

EAST LANSING, Mich- A Michigan State student Dominique Nolff from Middleville that had critical injuries after a shooting near Michigan State University has died according a friend of the victim’s family.

The other victim, Corbin Holwerda from Grand Haven has been treated and release from Sparrow Hospital

Both shooting victims were roommates at the Cedar Village Apartments, said a friend of one of the victim’s family. The man in critical condition is a 2012 Thornapple-Kellogg High School graduate from Middleville, said the family friend.

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Corbin Holwerda

The East Lansing Police Department says that according to investigators, the two shootings do not appear to be a random incident. Investigators describe the outstanding suspect to be a black male with average height and build, between the ages of 20 and 25, wearing tan pants, a black coat, and black shoes or boots.

Michigan State University Police sent out an emergency text message Friday evening to students and staff stating, “Shooting occurred at 845pm in 200 block of Cedar St in East Lansing. Suspect is a black male with average height & build. Call ELPD at 517-319-6897 with information.” MSU Police told FOX 17 News that this message was sent out as soon as they confirmed details on the shooting with ELPD, at approximately 11pm.

The investigation is ongoing. Now anyone with information is asked to call the ELPD Detective Bureau at (517) 319-6884.

FOX 17 News will report new details as soon as they are released.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Police are searching for the suspect who shot two Michigan State University students at an off-campus apartment Friday evening, at least one of whom graduated from high school in West Michigan.

The shooting victim in critical condition is from Barry County, a family  friend of one of the victims told FOX 17 News early Saturday morning.  According to the East Lansing Police Department, the second shooting victim has been treated and released from Sparrow Hospital.

Both shooting victims were roommates at the Cedar Village Apartments, said a  friend of one of the victim’s family.  The man in critical condition is a 2012 Thornapple-Kellogg High School graduate from Middleville, said the family  friend.

The East Lansing Police Department says that according to investigators, the two shootings do not appear to be a random incident. Investigators describe the outstanding suspect to be a black male with average height and build, between the ages of 20 and 25, wearing tan pants, a black coat, and black shoes or boots.

Michigan State University Police sent out an emergency text message Friday  evening to students and staff stating, “Shooting occurred at 845pm in 200 block  of Cedar St in East Lansing.  Suspect is a black male with average height &  build.  Call ELPD at 517-319-6897 with information.” MSU Police told FOX 17 News that this message was sent out as soon as they confirmed details on the shooting with ELPD, at approximately 11pm.

The investigation is ongoing. Now anyone with information is asked to call the ELPD Detective Bureau at (517) 319-6884.

FOX 17 News will report new details as soon as they are released.

BfXTOC5CEAA_mX5EAST LANSING, Mich. – Police are searching for the suspect who shot two Michigan State University students at an off-campus apartment Friday evening, at least one of whom graduated from high school in West Michigan.

The shooting victim in critical condition is from Barry County, a family friend of one of the victims told FOX 17 News early Saturday morning.  The condition of the other shooting victim is not clear.

Both shooting victims were roommates at the Cedar Village Apartments, said a friend of one of the victim’s family.  The man in critical condition is a 2012 Thornapple-Kellogg High School graduate from Middleville, said the family friend.

Michigan State University Police sent out an emergency text message Friday evening to students and staff stating, “Shooting occured at 845pm in 200 block of Cedar St in East Lansing.  Suspect is a black male average height & build.  Call ELPD at 517-319-6897 with information.”

Lansing television station WLNS reported that according to investigators, the two shootings did not appear to be a random incident.

FOX 17 News is working this story.  Look for more updates on FOX 17 Morning News from 5-9am.  We will be streaming our newscast live on our homepage.

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Courtesy: WLNS Reporter Emerald Morrow

EAST LANSING, Mich. -  A search is underway in East Lansing for the suspect who shot a person near the Michigan State University campus Friday night.

Students were alerted by text message Friday evening to the shooting which read, “Shooting occured at 845pm in 200 block of Cedar St in East Lansing.  Suspect is a black male average height & build.  Call ELPD at 517-319-6897 with information.”  The address comes back to Cedar Village Apartments which is adjacent to the MSU campus.

Lansing television station WLNS reports the victim is hospitalized in critical condition.
“Official says the shooting does not appear to be random,” WLNS Reporter Emerald Morrow tweeted early Saturday morning.
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