GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The search for the shooter or shooters who wounded eight and killed one at a party in Grand Rapids continues.
Juwan Boykin, 21, was killed in the shooting. Police say the eight people who were wounded have non-life-threatening injuries.
The victims were attending a birthday party at the empty former Clearance Outlet in a strip mall off of 28th Street east of Kalamazoo Avenue when the shots were fired around 4 a.m. Sunday. Police originally thought there were about 80 people in attendance at that party, but after reviewing surveillance video believe it was closer to 100 or more.
GRPD says it will release the surveillance video to the media later this week. Monday, investigators were going through it frame by frame in an effort to determine who is responsible.
“You have chaos going on,” GRPD Sgt. Terry Dixon said of the shooting scene. “Very chaotic. It leads to a little more challenging aspect of the investigatory process, but we are diligently working through it.”
Late Monday afternoon, a search warrant was executed at a residence in the 900 block of 33rd Street in Grand Rapids in connection to the shooting. Officers said they didn’t find a suspect and declined to say what else, if anything, they were looking for.
The motive is being investigated. A source close to the investigation said the shooting is connected to shots fired in Muskegon Heights hours earlier at the Stray Cat Nightclub. However, Muskegon Heights police chief denies that.
“We will not stop until we get to the bottom of what took place and hold whoever did this accountable,” Dixon said.
“This is a tragic situation,” he added. “Our prayers go out to the victims.”
FACEBOOK SAFETY CHECK ACTIVATED
If you live in metro Grand Rapids, you may have been asked to mark yourself “safe” on Facebook following the shooting Sunday. Facebook shared the prompt in Grand Rapids, calling the shooting a “violent incident.”
The Facebook Safety Check feature allows people to let friends and family know they are safe during a dangerous situation. It’s activated during events like hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding or mass shootings.
But the Sunday was a shooting at a party. Some people said they were upset that that the check-in was activated, posting, “I hope and pray everyone is okay that was affected, but this was NOT San Bernardino or Columbine. Half my friends are getting panicked responses from people wondering what’s happening.”
But many Facebook posts showed people were confused, asking, “What was the violent incident in Grand Rapids that people are posting they are ‘safe’ from??”
24 Hour News 8 reached out to Facebook to find out what criteria are used to determine when a Safety Check is activated. There had been no response as of early Monday evening.