1 in critical, 2 others hurt after GR drive-by shooting

Police investigate following a triple shooting on Madison Avenue in Grand Rapids. (June 2, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was critically injured in a drive-by shooting on Grand Rapids’ southeast side that sent three people to the hospital.

Sgt. Terry Dixon with the Grand Rapids Police Department said someone in a 2-door vehicle fired several shots at a group of people outside a home in the 1700 block of Madison Avenue near Dickinson Street around 2:15 a.m. Thursday. The vehicle then continued northbound on Madison Avenue.

One of the victims was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being shot in the upper body. Sgt. Dixon said the victim was in surgery Thursday morning.

The two other victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and were possibly shot in the legs, Sgt. Dixon told 24 Hour News 8.

The grandmother of one of the victims said her 20-year-old granddaughter was shot in the leg but is going to be okay. She says her granddaughter had just got home from work and was hanging out with friends as a result of the approaching holiday weekend when the shooting happened.

“It’s a holiday weekend they were outside listening to music having a good time and I heard ‘bang bang!’ and my granddaughter crying ‘I’ve been shot, I’ve been shot,'” said Debra Miller, the victim’s grandmother.

Police had a K-9 out searching the area at one point but authorities say the shooter is still on the run.

Due to conflicting accounts, the Grand Rapids Police Department is unable to determine the exact color, make or model of the vehicle or the number of suspects involved.

Authorities don’t believe it was a random shooting, but continue to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Grand Rapids police at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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