Hourslong standoff after Wyoming shooting

Wyoming, shooting, Division Avenue, standoff
A tactical unit outside a building where several suspects were holed up following a shooting along Division Avenue in Wyoming. (June 17, 2017)


WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — A shooting in Wyoming Saturday led to a standoff that lasted all afternoon and ended after four people surrendered to police.

Police were called to the Walgreens at 4425 S. Division Ave. — south of 44th Street — after a man walked in and said he had been shot.

The victim was taken to Mercy Health St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was later listed in serious but stable condition. He is expected to survive.

Wyoming, shooting, Division Avenue, standoff
A tactical unit outside a building where several suspects were holed up following a shooting along Division Avenue in Wyoming. (June 17, 2017)

The Wyoming Department of Public Safety said people were holed up in nearby rap recording studio on Division Avenue. Officers in tactical gear surrounded the building and called for those inside to come out.

“We are not leaving,” officers could be heard saying over a loud speaker. “Come out with your hands up in the air now.”

One by one over the course of several hours, three men and woman gave themselves up to police, the last one coming out of the building around 4:45.

Wyoming, shooting, Division Avenue, standoff
At least two people were seen in handcuffs outside a Walgreens on Division Avenue in Wyoming following a shooting. At the same time, a standoff was happening at a building nearby. (June 17, 2017)

The Grand Rapids Police Department’s tactical team arrived on the scene around 5:20 p.m. Around 5:30 p.m., police sent a robotic search device through the back door of the building. A few minutes later, officers entered. They did not find any more people inside.

No one was injured in the standoff.

Wyoming DPS Lt. Mark Easterly said Sunday morning no arrests had been made in the shooting and authorities had no clear description of the suspect, as the victim and witnesses weren’t fully cooperating with the investigation.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Wyoming police at 616.530.7300 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.