Paralyzed man killed in downtown GR shooting

Police are investigating a homicide in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, June 10, 2017.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating a homicide in downtown Grand Rapids Saturday afternoon.

The shooting happened around 4 p.m. in the 100 block of Sheldon Boulevard SE, according to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

An undated courtesy photo of Demond Bridgeforth.

The victim, who family identified as 28-year-old Demond Bridgeforth, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Family members who were at the scene told 24 Hour News 8 that Bridgeforth used a wheelchair after being paralyzed in a previous shooting.

Police are investigating a homicide in downtown Grand Rapids on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

“He had a good spirit. He didn’t bother nobody because he was wheelchair-bound, you know. He had a hard time dealing with that, but he overcame that and didn’t bother nobody,” said Shonda Hill, Bridgeforth’s cousin.

In July 2011, police reported that Bridgeforth had been shot in the chest outside a grocery store in the 700 block of South Division Avenue.

“This is a very unfortunate situation and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family. Due to the lack of information available, we are requesting that if anyone knows what happened to please call the police,” GRPD Sgt. Terry Dixon said in a news release Saturday night.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

Earlier Saturday, police told 24 Hour News 8 they believed they know the identity of the suspect, but do not have him in custody.

Grand Rapids police were on scene for more than two hours near Oakes Street and Sheldon Boulevard investigating and speaking to witnesses.