GRPD: Man shot in abdomen; suspect in custody

Suspect in custody after shooting on Ballard Street SE, police say

Ballard Street, Grand Rapids
The scene of a shooting on Ballard Street near Eastern Avenue SE in Grand Rapids. (June 6, 2017)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating after a man sustained life-threatening injuries in a shooting on Tuesday evening.

The shooting happened around 6:35 p.m. in the 800 block of Ballard Street SE, east of Eastern Avenue, in the city’s Oakdale neighborhood. The Grand Rapids Police Department says officers were called there on a report of a man down and arrived to find the victim.

GRPD says the 45-year-old man was shot in the abdomen. He was rushed to a local hospital and underwent surgery. Police said Wednesday that the victim’s condition was improving — he was listed as stable.

Witnesses told police that the man was shot after getting out of a vehicle. Five shots were fired, GRPD said, but it’s not clear how many of those struck the man.

Two people found in a nearby home were taken into police custody: One is a suspect and the other a person of interest. One of them appeared to smile as they were loaded into a police cruiser.

A 3-year-old was also in the home where police found the suspect and person of interest.

People in the area after the shooting happened were visibly upset. It’s unclear if they were connected to the victim or suspect.

Police have not released the names of the victim or suspect. It’s unclear what, if any, connection there is between them.

The case was passed along to prosecutors on Wednesday afternoon. It’s not yet clear when the suspect could be arraigned or precisely what charges that person would face.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.