Teen Dead After Lansing Shooting

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

A male teenager was found shot Tuesday in a second floor apartment in the 300 block of E. Hillsdale Street, police say.

"He was transported to the hospital by Lansing fire," Lansing Police Lt. Bruce Ferugson said. The teen was "pronounced dead a short time later."

Officers came to the scene after neighbors reported hearing gunshots just after 3 p.m. Investigators are considering the death "suspicious" but Ferugson says it doesn't appear to be random and the neighborhood is safe.

"We have everyone we're looking for," he said. "We're not looking for anybody."

Detectives are interviewing witnesses who may be connected to the incident, but Ferguson isn't calling them suspects. He says the department isn't ruling anything out, including the possibility that the shooting was accidental.

"We don't know if anyone will be arrested," Ferguson said. "We just don't know yet."

Even though they don't know exactly what happened either, some neighbors say it's still disconcerting because it means there are guns in their neighborhood and for some, guns in their own building.

"They're like 2 apartments away," said Steven Bowerman, talking about the apartment where the teen was shot.

Bowerman came home around 5 p.m. to his apartment building covered in police tape and neighbors telling him someone was shot inside.

"[It was] pretty sad to come back and hear that," he said.

The LCC student has lived for a few months in the area, not too far from where I-496 crosses the Grand River. Sandra Nile has lived in the Cherry Hill neighborhood for four years.

"[It] bothers me," she said. "But it's symptomatic of what the neighborhood's becoming again."

Nile says crimes like prostitution that appeared to have left the neighborhood have returned. Neighbors were planning on discussing those problems at a Wednesday meeting.

Now the shooting death could be atop the agenda.


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