Man shot and killed on GR porch; suspect on run

Grand Rapids police investigate a deadly shooting in the 200 block of Dickinson Street SE. (May 25, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating following a deadly shooting in Grand Rapids early Wednesday morning.

Officers were called to the 200 block of Dickinson Street SE on report of shots fired around 1:45 a.m.

When police arrived, they found the body of Mark Toliver, 27, of Grand Rapids who had died from an apparent gunshot wound in the chest/neck area.

Police on scene said Toliver was shot and killed while sitting on his porch.

The suspect was last seen running south away from the scene. He was described as a black man who was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and dark pants.

A K-9 unit was brought in to track the suspect, but was unsuccessful.

Police told 24 Hour News 8 they are working to figure out if the victim in the shooting and the suspect might have a connection or if it was random.

The victim’s brother Eric Talbert told 24 Hour News 8 that Toliver was a good person and has no idea why anyone would kill his brother.

“Everybody’s hurt. It’s still shock right now…I can’t believe it. It’s crazy,” said Talbert.

Anyone with information is asked to call 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345 or

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