GRPD investigating city’s 9th shooting since Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids police are investigating the ninth shooting in the city since last weekend.

The latest happened around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Joe Taylor Park on Baxter Street. Police said a man in his 20s was hit in the back and was taken to the hospital, but his injuries aren’t believed to be life-threatening.

Officers chased a red car that was believed to be involved in the shooting away from the scene, but it fled. When the officer located the vehicle again, the suspect ran away.

Police said they chased after the suspect but weren’t able to take them into custody. Officers did recover the weapon used in the shooting.

Grand Rapids Police Chief David Kiddle said the continued pattern of violence is unacceptable.

“This latest shooting symbolizes everything we have been saying and feeling the last few days. A shooting in a park named after one of our fallen officers, in a neighborhood that is fed up with the senseless violence,” Kiddle said.

Officers have been investigating multiple scenes since late Saturday night, when the cluster of shootings first started.

“Getting very frustrated, some people know what happened here and we really need those people to come forth and tell us what happened so we can take the correct action,” Kiddle said.

Grand Rapids has seen a 49% increase in the reckless discharge of firearms into homes and an 8% increase in firearms being used in assaults compared to last year.

On Tuesday alone, there were four separate shootings that sent two people to the hospital.

Kiddle described the violence as a community problem that investigators will need the community’s help solving.

“We understand that we need to have that community trust, but at this time, this is a serious incident that we need community input and we need it now,” he said.

 

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10 comments

  • lml25

    Waiting for more shootings on the west side now,we’re in epidemic mode-with retaliation everywhere.Possible spots include Sixth st and Alpine,Lexington,Tamarack,12th st,McReynolds,Bridge and Lane,Straight st,Indiana.–all diverse and ready to join in.Thank you mayor Bliss.

  • C

    As Kasey Kasem used to say, ‘and the hits just keep on coming.’. Time to hold another semi-private ‘strategy’ meeting to discuss the problem.

  • J.B.

    What a fun city.
    Come and see our new LGBTQ mural and experience the live gunfire from real gangs and join in authentic prayer vigils!
    Meet with the sympathetic mayor! Create a non profit, and possibly get a grant!
    Pure Democratopia.

  • Ken

    Golly! All these guns going off by themselves! Where are the cries for gun control from mayor Bissful and governess Whitless??? Don’t downtown shootings fit their agenda?? Or is it tragic only if a white conservative pulls the trigger on an AR15?

  • steve

    If you know anything, for Heaven’s sake don’t call 911. You could be fined. After all, they’re just ‘livin’ their lifestyle’.

  • Rj

    All cities run by progressive liberals are war zones, trace the guns and you will find most come from theft or most likely out of state. It’s time to go back to stop and frisk if people want safe neighborhoods. When the neighbors cry about racism it needs to be pointed out that the black community is 13% of the population and responsible for 65% of all crimes, FBI stats

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