Fatal shooting near MSU ‘clearly not random’

East Lansing police have released surveillance photos of the suspect in a Friday night shooting who is believed to have shot two MSU students, one fatally. (Feb. 4, 2014)
East Lansing police have released surveillance photos of the suspect in a Friday night shooting who is believed to have shot two MSU students, one fatally. (Feb. 4, 2014)

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly a week after the off-campus shooting near that left a Michigan State University student dead, police are saying the victims knew the suspect.

The shooting happened Friday in the 200 block of Cedar Street in East Lansing. Dominique Nolff, 20, of Middleville was killed. His roommate Corbin Holwerda, also 20, of Grand Haven was taken to the hospital and later released.

Dominique Nolff (Courtesy Photo)
Dominique Nolff (Courtesy Photo)

East Lansing Police Department Lt. Scott Wrigglesworth told 24 Hour News 8 the incident was clearly not random.

“The guy didn’t break in to the apartment. He was let in to the apartment and then what happened in the apartment happened,” Wrigglesworth said.

Wrigglesworth believes Nolff and Holwerda had some kind of relationship with the shooter.

“We’re still trying to narrow down exactly what that relationship was and what if any part of that relationship lead to this happening,” Wrigglesworth told 24 Hour News 8.

Thursday, detectives walked the halls of an apartment complex near Cedar Village where the shooting occurred. Police said they were asking nearby neighbors if they had any information about the shooting.

24 Hour News 8 knocked on the door of the room where the shooting happened, but no one wanted to comment.

A few students on campus said they were concerned because the text alerts went out late that night, hours after the shooting.

MSU spokesperson Kent Cassella said the alerts went out later because the East Lansing Police Department did not believe the shooting was a threat to the campus or the community.

“We don’t think we have anybody on the loose who’s just out there doing this randomly to victims. This was clearly not random,” said Wrigglesworth.

Police said they are looking into a number of leads involving the shooting.

Surveillance images of the suspect were released earlier this week. Anyone with information is asked to call ELPD at 517-319-6897.

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