Multiple shots fired in Kzoo; 1 wounded

Police on the scene of a shooting near the intersection of East Paterson Street and Krom Street in Kalamazoo. (Aug. 10, 2014)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is in critical condition after being shot in Kalamazoo early Sunday.

The shooting happened around 2:45 a.m. in the area of East Paterson Street and Krom Street.

According to a news release, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers responded to the scene after a report of 25 to 30 gunshots. Minutes later, a gunshot victim arrived at the hospital.

The victim, 20, was listed in critical condition Sunday.

There was not a suspect in custody as of Sunday afternoon.

Police remained at the scene of the shooting for hours, collecting evidence. In the light of day, bullet holes were visible on the side of the building and the ground.

Surveillance video from a nearby liquor store around the time of the shooting shows several cars gathering in the area. The video also shows people scrambling when shots are fired, though it does not show the shooting itself.

The manager of the liquor store says crowds know not to stand too close to the store to avoid the cameras.

The store manager said police have already looked at the video, and that they are focusing their attention on a car that lags behind and eventually drives off. Police suspect the people inside were directly involved in the shooting, the store manager said.

Kalamazoo resident Andrew Wilkerson drove past the scene of the shooting not long after it happened.

“There was a lot of police here looking around with flashlights searching the parking lot,” he said.

He said safety in the neighborhood has declined in the past few years.

“Every now and then I make a remark to my wife, being an old Vietnam vet, that sometimes this place sort of reminds me in a small way like I’m back in Vietnam with all the activity like that,” he said. “And it’s escalated more in the last couple of years. It seems that way.”

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