1 shot, killed at apt. complex near Holland

Ottawa County Sheriff's Office: Suspect was arrested within an hour

Traditions Holland Apartments, police response
A large police presence at Traditions Holland Apartments in Holland Township. (Oct. 19, 2016)

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was fatally shot at an apartment complex north of Holland Wednesday after a second man intervened in an argument between the victim and his girlfriend, authorities say.

“I feel really bad for the guy. He was a good guy. He worked at Wal-Mart and he was just a nice person and something as big as a breakup ended in a loss, so it’s pretty sad,” neighbor Candace Taylor told 24 Hour News 8.

The shooting happened around 4:45 p.m. at Traditions Holland Apartments, in the area of Quincy Street and 136th Avenue in Holland Township.

The 41-year-old victim, who authorities later identified as Joseph Jordan, sustained “several gunshot wounds to his upper body,” Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mark Bennett said. The man was already dead by the time first responders arrived.

Investigators soon sent out the name of a suspect, his description and a description of his vehicle to area law enforcement. Within an hour, Holland Department of Public Safety officers spotted a vehicle matching the description. The suspect, a 24-year-old man, was in the vehicle and was arrested.

Authorities said the suspect will be arraigned Thursday.

The initial investigation indicates Jordan and his girlfriend, who live at the apartment complex, started arguing. Bennett wasn’t sure what the argument was about, but witnesses told 24 Hour News 8 it was over a breakup.

The 24-year-old “tried to intervene in the argument … produced a firearm and ultimately shot the victim,” Bennett said.

A witness described hearing five or six gunshots, after which the people inside the apartment came out and stood on the front porch as if nothing had happened.

While some neighbors said the shooting was surprising for the complex, others said they’ve made complaints to management about not feeling safe.

“We’ve called the police about 10 times in the last year,” said Molly Turner, who added she was on the way to make another complaint to management when she heard gunshots Wednesday. “I want to feel comfortable where I live and right now we just don’t and this is another reason as to why we don’t feel comfortable.”

The shooter’s precise connection to the couple is not yet clear, though Bennett said he has “family ties” to the apartment where the shooting happened. Bennett said he does not appear to be related to Jordan.

The girlfriend was not hurt and was speaking to detectives Wednesday evening.