One man dead, another critically wounded in Michigan shootout

Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A man in Grand Rapids, Mich., was killed early Friday in an apparent shootout with another person who was critically wounded, police said.

Neither gunshot victim was identified.


One man was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other man remains in critical condition with a stomach wound.

The gunfire erupted around 2 a.m. along four blocks of South Division Avenue, which authorities sealed off for hours to investigate.

Grand Rapids Police Department Chief Eric Winstrom said a barrage of shots were fired at the scene, leaving the ground peppered with shell casings.

"It's a very extensive crime scene," Winstrom said, adding that detectives had recovered two guns at the crime scene.

Police recovered two guns but have not yet determined a motive or the circumstances that led to the fatal confrontation outside the My Place Bar, where dozens of people gathered after the gunfire ceased.

Earlier, two law enforcement officers were staked out in the area and saw the shooting unfold.

Upon hearing shots, the deputies scrambled out of their cruisers, and one opened fire with a service weapon but the shots missed the assailants, police said.


Winstrom praised the actions of the officers as brave "while active gunfire was going on," he said, while noting the quick response likely prevented additional casualties.

Officials later confirmed that no one was hit by bullets from the officer's gun, but the Michigan State Police will investigate this aspect of the case and make a final determination.

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