KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD)– A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed in a Kalamazoo neighborhood on Monday night.
Public safety officers were called to the area of Lay Boulevard and Race Street after 7 o’clock on a report of shots fired and a person down. When officers arrived at the scene, they found 13-year-old Michael Day with a gunshot wound to his upper torso. He was taken to the hospital, where he died. Witnesses said the victim was riding his bike when he was shot.
According to officers, the shooting was the result of an ongoing dispute that had been brewing over the weekend and escalated to the shooting. Police believe the victim and the suspect knew each other.
An 18-year-old was picked up on an unrelated warrant and officers believe he may be involved in the shooting.
Officials from Kalamazoo Public Schools told 24 Hour News 8 that Day attended middle school at Milwood Magnet School in Kalamazoo. There will be staff available at the school to help students with the loss as long as needed.
Authorities also tell 24 Hour News 8 that a few months ago, the victim was shot and suffered non-life threatening injuries.
According to Public Safety Detectives, they have several leads on possible suspects. If you have any information regarding the shooting, you’re asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety, at (269) 337-8994, or Silent Observer, at (269) 343-2100.