BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Battle Creek Police are investigating two overnight shootings, one landed a 16-year-old boy in critical condition.
Battle Creek Police Sergeant Jim Martens told 24 Hour News 8 shots were fired in the parking lot of the Full Blast Recreation Center in downtown Battle Creek just after 2 a.m. Sunday after a group left a hotel party across the street.
Martens said the group had attended a private party in a ballroom at the McCamly Plaza Hotel before moving into the nearby parking lot.
That’s when Martens said about seven shots were fired, one bullet grazed a 24-year-old man.
The 24-year-old was taken to a Kalamazoo hospital and released.
No one else was hurt in that shooting.
Then an hour later police were called to High Street, less than a mile from the parking lot shooting, where they found a 16-year-old who had been shot in the chest.
Police are investigating to find out if the shooting on High Street had anything to do with what happened in the parking lot near the hotel.
“There were rumblings that this was the after part of the party that had taken place at McCamly Plaza,” Martens said. “We haven’t confirmed that but there’s a rumor of that.”
Martens said they’re working to find out if the shootings are related and investigating as to whether they could be gang related.
He told 24 Hour News 8 they don’t know at this point but they’re not ruling anything out.
There were crowds at both scenes and police are trying to track down witnesses.
The only suspect description available at this time is linked to the shooting of the teen.
Martens said the shooter may be a black man, possibly in his 20s, about 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, weighing 150 pounds with an athletic build.
If you have any information about either shooting you’re asked to call the Battle Creek Police Department or Silent Observer.