Residents Living Near Shoot-out Scene in Lansing Fed Up with Violence

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

"It's scary, it's really scary when somebody is going to shoot you over whatever you have a beef with."

-- Jeff Champion, lives near shoot-out scene

Police were called to a shoot-out near the corner of Allegan and Huron on Lansing's west side Tuesday afternoon.

Nobody was hurt, but a house and a car were hit by bullets.

Police have arrested one man but they don't believe he was involved in the shoot-out. Police tell WILX the shoot-out was a result of a long-running feud in the area.

For neighbors living nearby, they are fed up with the violence and say it isn't the first time they've had to deal with something like this.

"It just takes a little bit of chaos to cause a whole lot of confusion and chaos, and I think that might've been the case here," said Jeff Champion, who lives just a few houses down from the one on the corner of Allegan and Huron.

But if you ask him, it's a few houses too close.

"It's scary, it's really scary when somebody is going to shoot you over whatever you have a beef with," he said.

The ordeal happened around 4:30 in the afternoon, right across the street from Riddle Elementary.

"You've got kids outside playing basketball, anybody could get hurt," said Zimryes 'Zimmy' Redmond. "Like you hear the birds chirping now, doesn't it sound nice.. you don't always have to have shooting and fighting and stuff."

Many of the neighbors we spoke with Wednesday evening didn't want to go on camera for fear of retaliation, but they all agreed the house on the corner of Allegan and Huron has a history of violent altercations.

We asked Georgia Beacham, who lives across the street from the scene, if she felt safe in her own home.

"I'm beginning to think I don't," she said. "And it has a lot to do with that house, if we got rid of that neighbor it might be better."

WILX spoke with the woman who lives in the home. She didn't want to go on camera, but said she had moved in recently and found out from police about the homes past.

As for Beacham, she said she's thinking about leaving the neighborhood altogether.

"You never know, when you go out if you're going to get back or not," she said.

"I always thought I lived in a safe neighborhood but come to find out I don't."


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