A deadly exchange of gunfire occurred in Grand Rapids’ southside early Friday morning, leaving one person dead and another in critical condition. The incident took place near My Place Bar and was described as one of the largest crime scenes in the career of Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Winstrom. Two police officers in a patrol car heard gunfire and witnessed a large group of people running in all directions. Chaos ensued, and a gunfight broke out, with officers firing at suspects. Two individuals were shot, with one pronounced dead at the scene and the other taken to the hospital in critical condition.
According to GRPD, at least five guns were seen by witnesses and officers during the shootout. Two firearms were recovered from the scene, and drones will be used to assist in the investigation, as buildings and vehicles were damaged over several city blocks. The officer who fired their weapon has been placed on administrative leave, following protocol, and the Michigan State Police is leading the investigation into the officer’s involvement. Chief Winstrom emphasized the importance of finding justice for the victim and providing closure to his family.
GRPD will continue the homicide investigation, and efforts are being made to notify the families of the victims. Division Avenue South between Cottage Grove and Stevens Streets has been temporarily closed, and bus routes in the area have been rerouted. This tragic incident highlights the need for swift and thorough investigations into gun violence and emphasizes the importance of community safety and support for affected families.