Student Residents Fear for Safety After Fatal Drive-By Shooting

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Shattered glass, bullet holes in the ceilings, and broken car windows --that's what Crossing's Place residents woke up to Saturday morning.

"My friend Ashley knocked on my door and said my car had been shot," said Amelia Hoffert, a resident there.

Residents believe it all started Friday night at a party in Building 3. Now they're dealing with the aftermath of the shooting police say began at the Bath Township apartments where numerous rounds were fired. Bath Township Police say at least two groups of suspects left the apartments, and while southbound on Abbot Road, fired more shots killing 20-year-old Detroit Resident Adrian House just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

"For East Lansing PD this is actually our first homicide of the year in 2010, in the middle of December, so I would characterize it as very uncommon in student housing and homicdies uncommon in the city," said Sgt. Scott Wriggelsworth.

We tried to talk with the Crossing's Place property manager about the incident, but he refused to comment, saying, "I didn't do anything." Residents say that inaction is part of the problem.

"I'm in danger living here, and management knows it," said Ashley Lhota. "We've gone to him with a problem months ago and he's done nothing, and if it has to take gunfire to get him to do something then..."

"Someone should have been better guarding because yeah, there's been vandalism, there've been safety issues, nothing's been being done about it," said Hoffert.

Lhota and Hoffert want out of their leases immediately. But they say management tells them that's not possible. They plan to follow up with the property's corporate office Monday.


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