Court docs: Davenport students didn’t know shooter

Freshman football player shot in the hand as he slept in campus dorm

Paul Christopher Howard
An undated mug shot of Paul Christopher Howard, provided by the Kent County Sheriff Department.


CALEDONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The student shot in the hand at Davenport University’s campus southeast of Grand Rapids is a freshman who plays on the university football team, court documents show.

Braden Schrotenboer remained at home recovering and as of Thursday had not yet returned to classes. His father told 24 Hour News 8 he is expected to fully recover from the physical injuries, but he’s concerned about the emotional healing.

Probable cause documents show five bullets were fired into Schrotenboer’s dorm room as he slept around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. One of bullets hit his wrist and exited through his finger, waking him up.

His roommates, who were targeted, didn’t know the shooter and met him minutes before in the hallway of the dormitory, according to the court documents. A female student invited some male visitors to the dorm. When the group was waiting for an elevator in the lobby, some football players entered the building. Two of the players joined the group in the elevator.

The court document say that an argument broke out when the elevator got to the fourth floor, but don’t specify what it was about. The documents state that the football players went back to their room on the second floor to avoid an altercation.

Shortly after, the male visitors made their way to the players’ room. One of the men, later identified as Paul Christopher Howard, pulled a gun out of this coat and pointed it at one of the football players, saying, ‘I could kill you.’

Paul Christopher Howard
An undated mug shot of Paul Christopher Howard, provided by the Kent County Sheriff Department.

He then apparently shot at the door behind the football player he was threatening. A total of five shots were fired around the players and entered Schrotenboer’s room.

Police are still looking for Howard, who they say should be considered armed and dangerous. A warrant for his arrest has been issued.

Anyone with information regarding Howard’s whereabouts is asked to call Kent County Sheriff Dispatch at 616.632.6357 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

**Correction: An earlier version of this article stated the shooting happened Saturday. It actually happened Sunday. We regret the error.