1 arrested in fatal West Side shooting

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Authorities say a man has been arrested after a fatal shooting Tuesday evening on Grand Rapids' West Side.

Vicente Rodriguez-Ortiz, 22, is facing open murder, gun and assault charges, according to a Wednesday release from Grand Rapids Police.

Andre Hawkins, 17, was shot and killed Tuesday night in the 1100 block of 2nd Street NW.

Rodriguez-Ortiz was arrested Wednesday afternoon less than four blocks from the scene of the shooting.

Officials say in a release that he attempted to flee and was bitten by a police dog.  He will be arraigned pending treatment for the bite wound, police said.

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  • Candace

    Poor black trash? The chief is black, I see where this is going. People of all colors commit crime everyday all over the world. But you don’t see that right? So what does that make you? Get a clue. It’s not about color it’s about doing the necessary and appropriate things to keep our streets safe. When making a point you should really leave out race. That is irrelevant. Everyone should be held accountable for their actions nothing less. That’s what it’s about. I’m glad they caught this man.

      • Jewish Carpenter

        he has been spewing his bigotry and slander for over 2 years I figured he must work there. I’m surprised somebody hasn’t hacked his account by now and exposed him. Mlive.com also has a comment section while equally spotted with racist Statewide you’ll find that you’re more in line with other real Michiganders who know no color.

        never forget the Michigan 7 and what they stood for.

  • Danielle

    Do not be surprised if he is guilty of other crimes. That area has known gang and drug affiliates. Please feel free to delete this comment. Just a thought.