Kalamazoo, MI: On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, at approximately 3:42 P.M., Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to the 600 block of Portage St in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim down on the ground near a local business, from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers gave immediate medical attention. The victim was transported to Bronson Hospital where he was treated and released for minor injuries. The victim, a 27 year old Kalamazoo resident, admitted to officers that he was there to sell a quantity of marijuana. The victim advised a gun was pulled on him during the transaction, and he was ultimately shot.
Officers from the COPS Division were in the area when the shooting was reported. An 18 year old male matching the description of one of the suspects involved, was detained not far from the scene. A police canine was called to the scene, and was able to locate a gun hidden near a business. The suspect, an 18 year-old Kalamazoo resident is currently lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail on several drug and weapon offense charges.
Detectives working the case were able to develop a second suspect involved in this shooting, and are currently searching for him. A further update on this individual will be given later today.
Anyone who may have information regarding this investigation is asked to call Kalamazoo Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100 or www.kalamazoosilentobserver.com.
By authority of: Ex Lt. Brad Misner
Date: October 26, 2016
Address: 150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: Captain Victor Ledbetter, Criminal Investigations Division, 337-8139