Search for shooting suspect on after kids found

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Jaraun Dequan Render is accused of shooting two people in the parking lot of a Muskegon convenience store on Nov. 14, 2017.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The three children for whom an Amber Alert was issued following a shooting in Muskegon were found safely in Grand Rapids Wednesday, even as police continued to search for the suspect in that shooting.

The children were found around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, less than an hour after police said they were looking for them. Grand Rapids police say officers were called to a home on the 900 block of McReynolds Avenue near 9th Street NW on a phone tip that the kids were inside the home.

The Muskegon Police Department identified the children as 16-month-old Jariah Render, 2-year-old Ja-Raun Render Jr. and 3-year-old Lamir Jamerson. The Amber Alert was issued because the children were believed to be with the suspect in Tuesday evening’s shooting in Muskegon.

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Undated courtesy photos: 2-year-old Ja-Raun Render Jr., 3-year-old Lamir Jamerson, and 16-month-old Jariah Render.

The suspect, 22-year-old Jaraun Dequan Render, remains at large. He faces charges of assault with intent to murder, carrying a concealed weapon and felony firearm. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Muskegon police at 231.724.6750 or Silent Observer at 231.722.7453.

The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Sunny Mart convenience store along E. Apple Avenue. Authorities say the children were in Render’s SUV when he opened fire with a 9mm handgun.

Two people who were in a white SUV sustained multiple gunshot wounds: 19-year-old Linda Jamerson and 26-year-old Dajuan Edison, both of whom are from Muskegon. Police said Jamerson was shot in the chest and was listed in critical condition Wednesday. Edison was in fair condition.

Jamerson and the suspect are the children’s parents. A woman at the house on McReynolds said she was the children’s grandmother.

Grand Rapids police say they recovered the suspect’s vehicle and the children are being returned to Muskegon, where authorities there will decide on their placement as their mother recovers.

Muskegon County court records show Jamerson has twice been granted personal protection orders against Render. One was closed in August. The second was filed Oct. 9 and remains in effect until May 1, 2018.

Render’s only criminal record appears to be a May 2014 incident in which he was charged with burglary and resisting arrest. Only the resisting charge was adjudicated.

–24 Hour News 8’s Barton Deiters contributed to this report.