Innocent bystander shot outside of store


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who was wounded after he became caught in the crossfire of a shooting was released from the hospital Sunday.

The shooting happened just after 3:30 p.m. Sunday outside Oliver’s Market in the 1500 block of Kalamazoo Avenue SE near Fuller Avenue, in the Boston Square neighborhood, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Grand Rapids police investigate a shooting outside Oliver's Market. (June 8, 2014)A man believed to be an innocent bystander was exiting the store with his cousin when he became caught in the crossfire as shots were fired, police on the scene said. It was unclear how many people were involved in the shooting.

The victim is Zach Harris, his daughter Nina Colvin told 24 Hour News 8. She said he is in his 50s. Family members said they saw a wound on the side of Harris’ face and the back of his neck.

Police said the victim was shot at least once in the “upper torso” area, which would include the neck.

Harris was taken to a local hospital and released later Sunday, a family spokesperson told 24 Hour News 8.

“It’s sad that he can’t walk to his store. He’s been staying on this street for years,” Colvin said. “It’s a hurtful feeling.”

Some witnesses reported hearing seven gunshots, some 10 and some 17, police on the scene said.

After the shooting, GRPD set up a perimeter in the area of the market and as it tracked the shooter. No arrests had been made as of Sunday night.

Police were looking for a gray, midsized sedan, possibly a Ford Taurus or a Chevrolet Impala believed to be involved in the shooting. That vehicle was headed south on Kalamazoo at the time of the shooting.

Officers said they were reviewing surveillance video from nearby stores to try to provide a more detailed description of the vehicle and anyone involved in the shooting.

The second group involved in the shooting appears to have been made up of people on foot.

Police said the incident does not appear to be gang-related.

Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

Colvin said she hopes police can track down the people responsible for the shooting.

“I want justice to be served,” Colvin said. “Next time it could be worse. Next time somebody can be burring a loved one and I’m just glad that we didn’t have to.”

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