Grand Rapids police: 2 teens shot; suspects at large

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Grand Rapids police investigate a shooting at Cambridge Square Apartments. (Aug. 14, 2016)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating after two teens were wounded in a shooting at an apartment complex on the city’s northeast side Sunday afternoon.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says it happened at 2:11 p.m. at Cambridge Square Apartments in the 1800 block of Bradford Street NE off of Plymouth Avenue.

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Grand Rapids police investigate a shooting at Cambridge Square Apartments. (Aug. 14, 2016)

Police say one bullet grazed a 17-year-old on his back and a 14-year-old was shot in the upper leg. Their injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. Only the 14-year-old was taken to the hospital.

The shooter was initially on foot before taking off in a white SUV, police say. They have not been located.

The circumstances leading up to the shooting are not yet known. Police say the victims are not cooperating in the investigation.

Residents reported hearing at least three gunshots, police said. Bullets also flew through two downstairs apartments, but no one inside was hurt.

A teen who lives in one of those downstairs apartments told 24 Hour News 8 he was in the basement when he heard the gunshots. Bullets traveled through the living room, breaking the glass sliding door in the rear and becoming embedded in the front wall. No one was in the living room at the time.

“I woke up. I heard three or four bullets and then the next thing you know I heard the windows shatter. And that’s when me and my nephew came running up the stairs,” the teen said.

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Damage caused by gunfire at Cambridge Square Apartments on Grand Rapids’ northeast side. (Aug. 14, 2016)

Neighbors say shootings have become a problem in the area. They said they think there should be more security and patrols.

“It’s just sad it’s getting too close to home,” another resident said. “All I can say is I thank God I wasn’t here, basically. You know he wasn’t ready for me yet. So I guess I will celebrate my 46th (birthday) next week.”

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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