GRPD: Homicide victim not intended target in shooting

A courtesy photo of Jeffrey Mathews.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids police say a man who was shot and killed early Sunday morning was “at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The victim, identified as 60-year-old Jeffrey Mathews, was shot around 2:30 a.m. on Clancy Avenue near Cedar Street. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died a few hours later.

Investigators determined there was a large crowd in the area prior to the shooting and that up to a dozen people may have witnessed it but have yet to come forward. Detective Sgt. John Purlee said investigators believe Mathews was not the intended target and the bullet was meant for someone else.

Police didn’t specify what led up to the shooting or give a description of any suspects.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Silent Observer at 616-774-2345 or one of the investigators on the case:

  • Purlee at 616-456-3343
  • Det. Adam Baylis at 616-456-3648
  • Det. Kelli Braate at 616-456-4548
  • Det. Jim Jorgensen at 616-456-4151

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  • Stop the madness

    If they know the bullet was intended for someone else, they must have a clue who it was intended for and who the shooter was.

  • lml25

    Three things about the media that are stupid–as pertains to today’s headlines.
    1)A statement that,”the person that was shot was not the intended victim.”
    So the F what?Does that make the act any less criminal?Does that make the
    wrong person any less dead?.Or would the shooter have gotten a prize for shooting the RIGHT person–it’s murder.
    2)”It could have been worse.”
    No matter what happens–you always hear it.An airplane crash today had Heather Walker saying,”the airplane hit a water tower or IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE.”
    Plenty bad enough for the pilot–who was killed–isn’t that bad enough?And no one knows what MIGHT HAVE happened in a theoretical.A lazy catchphrase by reporters.
    3)The stories change but the scripts stay the same.
    I’m not sure why,but TV reporters on some stations are sent to cover murders and wind up doing an obituary about the person.Spare me the “he was a great father”stuff,”a great student with a bright future.”These are lies in 99% of gang murders.There WAS no bright future–no great father–if you were involved in crime.But these reporters say it about every criminal who gets killed.Just tell us the news please–spare us the b.s.

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