Sheriff: 2 dead, 1 injured in shooting on I-96

I-96, Boston Township, apparent attempted murder-suicide
The scene of an apparent attempted murder-suicide on I-96 in Boston Township. (Jan. 6, 2018)

BOSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An apparent murder-suicide left two people dead on I-96 north of Clarksville Saturday night, Ionia County authorities say.

Ionia County Sheriff Dale Miller told 24 Hour News 8 one of the people who died was the shooter.

A second victim was taken to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in critical condition. Undersheriff Charlie Noll said Sunday morning that victim is stable.

Authorities did not immediately provide any information about the identities of any of the people involved or their relationship to one another, nor have they yet released details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

It happened at 9:39 p.m. just east of exit 59 to Nash Highway in Boston Township. Deputies say they were called out to the scene on a reported motorist assist, but found the victims when they arrived. An SUV could be seen there surrounded by emergency vehicles.

Authorities closed off a 12-mile stretch of I-96 in eastern Kent and western Ionia counties as they investigated. Ionia County Central Dispatch says the eastbound lanes were shut down from Alden Nash Road south of Lowell all the way to Jordan Lake Road, which is southwest of Ionia. The freeway has since reopened.

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The sheriff said authorities had to shut down such a long stretch because of the limited number of on- and off-ramps.

The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, but says there is no danger to the public.

**This article has been updated to identify the vehicle as an SUV, not a van.