Teen Shot at Notoriously Dangerous Grand Rapids Intersection

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

GRAND RAPIDS , Mich, — Jalen M. Thomas is in critical condition after being shot in the back on Grand Rapids Southeast side Sunday morning.

Thomas, 17, was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries, leading to an an increased police presence at the intersection of Franklin Street  and Eastern Avenue SE, where the shooting happened.

Since June 1, crimemapping.com shows there have been more than 150 crimes within a half mile radius.

Greg Kazemier lives at the intersection and he says he’s seen it all. “It gets pretty violent, a lot of guns” Kazemier said.

Assaults make up nearly 40 percent of those crimes, including three murder attempts just this month.

Kazemier says drugs are the city’s biggest plight and the reason for the violence. “Four of us were sitting on the porch drinking beer. We counted 168 crack sales,” he said.

Police say they’re looking for a light-skinned black male wearing all dark clothing and possibly a hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call the Grand Rapids Police Department or the Silent Observer tip line at (616) 774-2345.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

1 Comment

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.