GRPD: Shot fired near downtown YMCA

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Police have two persons of interest in custody after a shooting near the David D. Hunting YMCA in downtown Grand Rapids Thursday.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says two men in their late teens were following a bus in a car and knew who they were after. When the alleged intended target — another male teen — got off the bus near the Big Boy on Summer Street, they fired a single shot. The alleged target was not hurt.

A spokeswoman for the YMCA told 24 Hour News 8 that the alleged intended target came into the Y, which is across the street from the bus stop, and reported the shooting. He is not a YMCA member, officials said.

Police said the teen waited about 20 minutes to report the shooting, so they didn’t get the call until just after noon.

Police told 24 Hour News 8 that the alleged target was able to identify the one of the people in the car and told police where he could be found.

Officers responded to an apartment at York Creek Apartments in Comstock Park. By 3 p.m., GRPD said, it had two male teens in custody. GRPD was also able to locate the vehicle involved in the shooting.

The two persons of interest are not York Creek residents, the apartment complex said in a Thursday evening statement.

Police said that the intended victim knows at least one of the teens in the car, but declined to comment on the nature of their relationship.

All three teens involved — the apparent intended victim and the two persons of interest — were being interviewed Thursday afternoon.

York Creek Apartments released this statement Thursday through its representative:

“The two individuals apprehended at York Creek today in relation to the YMCA shooting were not residents or known occupants of the apartment.  York Creek management is fully cooperating with police on this matter.  We will defer all further comment on this case to police investigators.”


Johnathan Pope,  the executive director of the David D. Hunting YMCA, sent out the following email to Y members on Thursday:

“I’m writing to make you aware of a situation that occurred earlier today that you may have seen or heard on local media. There has been some inaccurate information reported so I wanted to make sure you heard from me directly regarding this matter.

At about 11:30 this morning, a young man entered the David D Hunting YMCA and told our staff members he had been shot at from a car while standing at the bus stop on Summer Street.  He was not injured.  We immediately contacted the Grand Rapids Police Department and they dispatched officers to the Y to speak with the young man. The alleged shooting did not occur at the Y or on Y property and the young man involved is not a Y member.  He came into the Y for help because he viewed it as a safe place and it is right next to the bus stop. This is now a police investigation and we will assist in any way we can.

The safety and security of our staff and members is our primary concern and we will continue to be vigilant in providing a safe, secure environment.”


Editor’s note: initially reported the shooting happened at the YMCA. A correction has been made to our web story.

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