A Trio of Shootings

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Early Thursday afternoon, it was all fun and games until one 15-year old was shot and killed. He was accidentally shot while playing with a gun in a house on Ray Street. A few hours later, a group of teens gathered to mourn the victim three miles away where another person was shot.

"I saw a fight. Some guys jumped over the fence and other guys were chasing him. I heard three people got beat up. One was beat up pretty bad," said Alana Wood, a resident at Stone Crest Touwnhouses.

A 16-year-old was shot around 10 p.m. in the side of his back in the Stone Crest community in Lansing. He is now in serious but stable condition. Lansing police are now questioning a 19-year old friend of the victim who is believed to be the shooter.

" He was shot in his side," said resident Lemechiko Edwards of Stone Crest, "We get a lot of kids from other areas. They are the ones causing the raucous."

Just five miles north and a few hours later, a third shooting took place on Wisconsin Avenue. A 49-year-old man was shot three times in the leg in what police say was a drug-related shooting.

"The dog was barking and I saw a bunch of cop cars on the corner," said John Kuptz, a resident on Wisconsin Ave.

In both neighborhoods, residents say young adults, violence, and police seem to be a newly developing occurance.

"I used to never lock my door and now we always lock it. That's a change," said Kuptz.

"There are shootings everywhere, you know. You have to keep your kids close," said Edwards.

The motives for both overnight shootings are still under investigation.

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