Officials: 1 shot in residence hall on Davenport U main campus

Student shot in hand and released from hospital Sunday

Davenport University, South Hall
South Hall, a residence hall at Davenport University W.A. Lettinga Campus (Oct. 23. 2016).

CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Davenport University Public Safety officers are investigating a shooting that occurred in a residence hall on the school’s main campus southeast of Grand Rapids.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on the second floor of South Hall on the W.A. Lettinga Campus in Caledonia Township. Public Safety says it was the first shooting on campus in the more than 10 years since it opened.

Kent County sheriff’s deputies say four people who were not students were involved in a fight with two students. Public Safety officials say the fight started in a hallway and spilled into the common area of a four-bedroom dorm.

“That physical altercation led to those visitors discharging a fire arm a number of times,” Public Safety Director Matt Miller said.

None of the people involved in the fight were shot, deputies say. However, the bullet went through a wall and struck a student. That student was not involved in the altercation was is believed to have been sleeping at the time, investigators say.

University officials say the victim was taken privately to the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the hand. Deputies say the student was treated and released.

The non-students are believed to have been let into the residence hall, which requires a key card and passcode to enter, by a student they were visiting. Public safety officials believe alcohol was involved in some way.

Students received an emergency notification from the University at 3:30 a.m. warning them that the shooting occurred. They were also notified around 7 a.m. when it was believed there was no threat. Officials say there is no evidence of an ongoing threat to the university.

“Any time you’ve got someone discharging a weapon inside a building, the consequences for that can be horrific,” Miller said. “We are doing what we can to support that student and any of the students involved.”

The university has security cameras in and outside, but campus officials have not shared what they show.

Campus public safety officers are working with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department to find the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Davenport University Public Safety at 616.446.7098, the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616.632.6100 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.