3 arrested in connection to 2 shootings

Left to right: Terrence Fields and Otis Mack.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Three teens have been arrested in connection to two shootings that happened Sunday and Monday in the Grand Rapids metro area.

The first shooting happened Sunday in the area of 76th Street and S. Division Avenue in Gaines Township, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. A victim showed up at a local hospital with a single gunshot wound to the lower back.

Another shooting happened around 1:15 a.m. Monday on Emperor Street in Grand Rapids. In that case, three people knocked on a door, asked for money and opened fire when the resident refused. The resident was shot in the neck. He was listed in stable condition Monday.

The sheriff’s department determined the shootings were likely related, developed suspects and started a joint investigation with the Grand Rapids Police Department.

The Grand Rapids Police Department Special Response Team serves a search warrant on Jennette Avenue NW. (Dec. 22, 2014)
(Police on Jennette Avenue to execute the search warrant.)

Monday, the sheriff’s department and GRPD Special Response Team served a search warrant in the 1300 block of Jennette Avenue NW, west of Alpine Avenue, in Grand Rapids.

Two people — both 17-year-olds males from Grand Rapids — were arrested and questioned. They were then taken to the Kent County jail.

Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess confirmed that the two 17-year-olds have been charged in connection to both shootings:

  • Terrence Fields was charged with assault with intent to great bodily harm, unlawful imprisonment and felonious use of a firearm in the Gaines Township shooting, and home invasion, assault with intent to do great bodily harm and felonious use of a firearm in the Grand Rapids shooting.
  • Otis Mack is charged with unlawful imprisonment and felonious use of a firearm in the Gaines Township shooting and home invasion, assault with intent to do great bodily harm and felonious use of a firearm in the Grand Rapids shooting.

A third person, a 16-year-old male, was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Kent County Juvenile Detention. Because that person is a juvenile, his name has not been released.

The sheriff’s department said its detectives would meet with the county prosecutor’s office Tuesday to seek authorization on a “variety of charges.”

Further details are being withheld pending arraignment, which could happen as early as Wednesday.

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