GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A man who was shot on Friday in Southeast Grand Rapids has died, police said.
A 23-year-old man was brought to St. Mary’s Hospital after about 9:15 p.m. on Oct. 16 after being shot at a house on the 700 block of Watkins St. SE, police said.
He later died at the hospital, a police spokesperson said early Saturday morning.
The man was originally said to have been shot inside the house. In an update Saturday morning, police said the victim “and others” were outside the house at the time of the shooting.
Police responded to reports of gunfire at about 9:15 p.m. on Friday, where they found that the victim was being brought to the hospital by a relative, police said.
The man’s name has not been released, pending family notification, and no suspect information has yet been released.
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Police said “numerous” shell casings were found around the residence, and other homes and cars in the area were struck by bullets.
The incident remains under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616.456.3380 or through Silent Observer at 616.774.2345 or www.silentobserver.org.
This marks the 29th homicide in Grand Rapids this year, a significant increase in homicides over the last two years. In 2019, the city saw 17, up from nine in 2018. It is the city’s bloodiest year since 1993, which registered 34 homicides, according to news reports.
Police and city leaders have repeatedly decried the violence, often connecting it to a lack of resources and outlets at a time when so much of public life is shuttered or slowed against the coronavirus.
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