7-year-old and man shot in Muskegon Heights

Muskegon Heights, Ivory Avenue
Muskegon Heights police investigate after a man and child were shot on Ivory Avenue. (July 2, 2017)


MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating after a 7-year-old and a man were shot in Muskegon Heights on Sunday evening.

The shooting happened along Ivory Avenue, between Dyson and Ray streets, Muskegon Heights Police Chief Joseph Thomas Jr. told 24 Hour News 8.

The conditions of the victims were not immediately available.

J’Anthony Bell speaks to 24 Hour News 8 on July 3, 2017.

The 7-year-old was identified as J’Anthony Bell by a woman who said she was his grandmother. She said he was shot multiple times and had wounds to his cheek, neck, shoulder and arm, but was “doing all right” as of Sunday night.

She said J’Anthony and the man, whose name has not yet been released, are not related.

Muskegon Heights, Ivory Avenue
Muskegon Heights police investigate after a man and child were shot on Ivory Avenue. (July 2, 2017)

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are not yet clear and no one was arrested Sunday night. Police remained on scene for hours investigating.

Neighbors said that when they heard gunshots, they pulled children inside to keep them safe.

J’Anthony’s grandmother said violence in the neighborhood has “got to stop” and blamed it on people who aren’t from the area.

“It don’t make no sense. It’s the people that come in here messing it up. It’s all right, the people that stay out here. But the people that come in here, they always coming here, messing it up, shooting and stuff like that. Why bring it in here? There’s a bunch of kids here,” she said.