Teen victim’s brother suspected in accidental death

Northway Lanes shooting
Police investigate at the scene of a shooting at Northway Lanes, Monday, May 1, 2017.


MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The older brother of a 15-year-old who was shot and killed outside of a Muskegon Township bowling alley is being held in connection to the death.

The Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office said a charging decision in the case was likely to come down sometime Wednesday.

Officials on Tuesday identified the victim as Davion Hewlett. Officers found him suffering from a single gunshot wound around 6:55 p.m. Monday outside Northway Lanes at 1751 Evanston Ave. Police said Davion was shot while inside a vehicle and was able to climb out of the car before collapsing. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Witnesses told police two people left the bowling alley’s parking lot after the shooting. The prosecutor’s office said an officer chased one of the people, who was armed.

The chase ended near Shonat Street and Southland Drive, where the person pointed a gun at himself for about an hour and threatened to kill himself, according to the prosecutor’s office. Police negotiators eventually convinced him to drop his weapon and he was taken into custody without further incident.

A second person was also taken into custody on possible unrelated charges.

The two people remained in police custody Tuesday as the prosecutor’s office considered charges. The prosecutor’s office said police were treating the investigation as an accidental shooting, but a final determination has not been made.

Davion was a student at Muskegon High School, the prosecutor’s office said. The district has a crisis team in place to help grieving students and staff.

“I think the gun issue is an issue all over the country and we just want to make sure that our students are safe and that they understand that we’re going to make sure that we keep their safety in mind,” Muskegon Public Schools Superintendent Justin Jennings told 24 Hour News 8.

The prosecutor’s office said it appears Davion was at the bowling alley before the shooting to take part in driver’s training classes.

Davion Hewlett, vigil
A vigil was held for 15-year-old Davion Hewlett the day after he was shot and killed. (May 2, 2017)

Tuesday evening, a vigil was held outside Davion’s home on Amity Street in Muskegon. So many people came that attendees spilled out into the sidewalk and street. His friends, family and his pastor held candles and prayed.

A close friend of Hewlett’s said he loved to play basketball and was a joy to be around.

“It was very touching because every time he came around, he was all smiles, good vibes. Just doesn’t seem real,” Treshon Wyrick said.

Tiffany Gamble, who also recently lost her son to violence, said parents need to be more responsible in educating their kids.

Davion Hewlett, vigil
A vigil was held for 15-year-old Davion Hewlett the day after he was shot and killed. (May 2, 2017)

“Her baby died. That was my baby, too, and that’s how the community is supposed to feel. I feel like we all put the same effort forward and we can help. We can help our community. If not, it’s going to decline,” Gamble said.

After the vigil, paramedics were called to the scene as Davion’s mother had some sort of medical episode.

–24 Hour News 8’s Sarah Hurwitz contributed to this report.