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Fight, shooting disrupts festival in Muskegon Heights

Posted: 4:06 PM, Jun 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-16 20:26:17-04

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — Police shut down part of the Muskegon Heights Festival in the Park to investigate a shooting.

Chief Thomas told FOX 17 police were intervening in a large fight near the beer tent when shots rang out. As the crowd cleared a man with a gunshot wound in his leg was being carried off.

Festival volunteers were very disappointed something like this is what people will be talking about when they think of this year’s festival.

“It gives us a positive shining star even for that week, trying to get people to come out in the community and feel safe, enjoy themselves, bringing the kids out doing the parade and carnival” Volunteer Ronnie Matthews told FOX 17.

The beer tent was shut down to investigate the shooting and any connection to the fight police were handling just prior.

“I hope they don’t blame … the whole town of Muskegon Heights over something like this.” Matthews said. “It’s gonna take some time, we’re going to have to heal from this and try to move forward for next year and hopefully we can continue to be a positive influence on the community”

Muskegon Heights Police are asking anyone with information to reach out at (231) 733-8900 or by Silent Observer at 231-722-7463.