Shooting of 3 Sexton High Students Shakes Neighborhood, Prompts Added Security at School

Lansing School Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, and Lansing Interim Police Chief Mike Yankowski speak Tuesday afternoon following the shooting of three Sexton students after school.
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There will be extra security at Lansing Sexton High School Wednesday morning after three teens were shot just a few blocks away Tuesday afternoon.

Lansing School Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul and Mayor Virg Bernero will be there along with counselors and a crisis team.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Ottawa and Forbes Streets just west of MLK Blvd. and north of Sexton High.

Police tell us a fight broke out just before shots were fired and the victims are now recovering but the incident was not a random act, according to police.

The incident has neighbors living nearby, like Delia Pizana who has lived there for more than 40 years, feeling uneasy.

I can't believe it, this is for real," Pizana said. "Blood was shed here today."

While the motive behind the shooting is still murky, the message from city and school leaders Tuesday during a press conference was clear.

"At what point is the gun violence going to stop in this city," Lansing Interim Police Chief Mike Yankowski asked.

"I can assure those that are involved with gun violence in this city and those involved with the violent nature of our youth and young adults that we're coming for you."

Mayor Virg Bernero who was on the scene following the shooting said while he doesn't normally come to crime scenes this case in particular involving students left him outraged.

"I'm here to say enough," he said. "Parents, uncles, sisters, brothers, step up for God's sake and help us end this senseless violence."

Shane Harris who lives near the crime scene was in his basement and came upstairs when he heard gunshots and people screaming to call 911.

"The kid who got shot... was right outside my door," Harris said.

Harris said the victim struggled up his driveway and propped himself up on the side of his car.

"The kid was pretty distraught about the incident so I was just trying to remain calm," he said.

Police tell us as of Tuesday evening two of the victims have been released from the hospital.

Another teen also showed up to a Lansing hospital with a gunshot wound around the same time as the other shooting were reported but police cannot confirm yet if they are connected.

Police currently have no suspects in custody. If you have any information call the Lansing Police Department at (517) 483-4600 or Crime Stoppers at (517) 483-7876

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