GRPD: Suspect at large after 1 shot, 1 stabbed

Newberry Street,
Police respond to Newberry Street NE in Grand Rapids. (Aug. 16, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police brought in a K-9 to search for a suspect after one person was shot and another stabbed in Grand Rapids’ Belknap Lookout neighborhood Wednesday.

It happened around 8:45 p.m. at a duplex on Newberry Street NE just west of Coit Avenue NE, the Grand Rapids Police Department confirmed. A 24 Hour News 8 crew initially counted 13 police cruisers along Newberry and GRPD’s Forensics Unit later arrived on scene.

A 22-year-old was shot in the chest and was later listed in critical condition at the hospital then his injuries were downgraded to non-life threatening. A 24-year-old man was stabbed in the back and had a slash wound on his forehead, police said. His injuries are not considered life-threatening. Friends at the scene told 24 Hour News 8 the victims are dating.

The assailant fled on foot, GRPD said. A K-9 was called in to try to track him, but no one was in custody as of 11 p.m.

GRPD Lt. Terry Dixon said the suspect was described as a clean-shaven black male under the age of 30 standing around 6 feet with a thin build. He was last seen running from scene in dark-colored hooded sweatshirt.

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