WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Wyoming Police have confirmed an argument escalated to gunfire in the hours following the Metro Cruise Saturday night.
24 Hour News first heard about the incident Saturday night and called and texted Wyoming police and other agencies several times on Saturday night and Sunday. Capt. Kim Koster, Wyoming police department’s public information officer, responded to a text Saturday night asking about a state police chopper in the area. She confirmed it was there for the Metro Cruise. On Sunday, 24 Hour News 8 was unable to reach anyone with the department. Wyoming police put out a news release detailing the incident Monday afternoon.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident. Even though it happened in the hours following the official wrap up of the Metro Cruise, there was still a large number of people hanging out on the area along 28th Street near Rogers Plaza.
Koster told 24 Hour News 8 the department doesn’t send out news releases on everything that happens in the city. No one was hurt Saturday night, so police didn’t think they needed to put out something for public consumption.
Some of the people commenting on the WOOD TV8 Facebook page begged to differ. They posted about close calls and people ducking for cover when they heard the shot.
Witnesses told Wyoming police there was an argument between a motorist and a bystander. It appears one of the participants threw something, possibly a water bottle, at the others.
That argument got out of hand when someone inside the vehicle stepped out and got into a fight with the bystander.
The person then got back into the car with three others. That’s when witnesses heard a gunshot coming from inside the car.
Wyoming police got some help from state troopers, including the Michigan State Police helicopter, which had been assigned to the Metro Cruise.
Authorities were able to track down two suspects, still in the vehicle, near De Hoop Avenue SW and Madelyn Drive. The car’s occupants ran, but were soon caught.
Police did not find a gun in the car.
The two men caught now face hindering and opposing charges. The incident is still under investigation.
**Editor’s Note: The Wyoming police PIO did respond to 24 Hour News 8 Saturday night. An earlier version indicated no contact was made.