Deputies: No injuries in driving shootout near Kentwood

GAINES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County Sheriff’s Office said a drive-by shooting in Gaines Township prompted a lock down at East Kentwood High School. No one was hurt, but police are looking for the people inside one of two cars involved in the shooting.

The sheriff’s office said around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a red Kia and a white Jeep Cherokee were involved in a drive-by shooting at 60th Street and Kalamazoo Avenue. Occupants of the red Kia were detained.

“We got a call that two vehicles were involved in a shooting. We did detain a couple individuals for questioning, and they have not been arrested,” said Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young.

Investigators say they found bullet casings in the area, but no one who had been shot. Police are still looking for the occupants of a white Jeep Cherokee.

“We are hoping that people may have doorbell cameras or surveillance video where they can show the moments before and after,” said LaJoye-Young.

The shooting happened close to the time students are released from classes.

“It was important that we didn’t have students walking or traveling in this area in the initial stages of the investigation, so yes the school was locked down,” Sheriff LaJoye-Young said.

The reason behind the shooting isn’t known just yet.

“We are in the very early stages of our investigation and that’s some of the information we are seeking,” LaJoye-Young said.

Many say the recent rise of gun violence in Kent County is scary.

“There was violence yesterday in Grand Rapids. We’ve had violence in the general community with guns throughout the whole last year. This community is not different from a lot of other communities in America right now. This is a significant problem for us and it’s not going to be resolved with just the police. It has to be resolved by the community getting involved and preventing things like this from happening,” Sheriff LaJoye-Young said.

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Police are wanting and needing the community’s help in decreasing and preventing violence.

“If you know somebody that is involved in this or about to be involved in related activity that’s important for us to know and we’re just trying to keep them safe,” LaJoye-Young said.

Information on the shooting on 60th and Kalamazoo and any other crimes can be reported anonymously through Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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