Officers ID man shot, killed near WMU campus

Oakland Drive Kalamazoo Homicide
Police investigate at the scene of a homicide in the 800 block of Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo (July 22, 2017).

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says a Battle Creek man lost his life in a shooting near Western Michigan University’s campus.

Kalamazoo police say this man is a person of interest in a homicide that happened in the 800 block of Oakland Drive. (Courtesy: Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety)

Police Monday identified the victim in Saturday’s shooting as 21-year-old Thomas Paul Anders. Earlier in the day, investigators had said a person of interest was in custody on unrelated charges.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Oakland Drive. When police arrived, they found Anders with a gunshot wound to the torso. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Oakland Drive Kalamazoo Homicide
Police investigate at the scene of a homicide in the 800 block of Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo (July 22, 2017).

Witnesses told police a man shot the victim during a fight and then ran off.

Anders is not believed to be a student at WMU.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269.337.8994 or Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.