Date: May 16, 2023
Address: 150 E Crosstown Pkwy., Suite A, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Contact: KDPS Criminal Investigation Division 269-337-8139
Multiple Shootings on Mother’s Day Culminate with the Killing of One Man
On Sunday, May 14, 2023, Officers from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety responded to multiple shootings. In all 57 casings were recovered including 29 – 9mm, 19 – 40 caliber, and 9 – 45 caliber.
The first shooting occurred in the area of Frank Street and N Westnedge Avenue at about 1:45 PM. Officers responded to reports of “shots fired.” Officers recovered multiple shell casing but did not locate any involved individuals. Minutes later, a 20-year-old, male resident of Kalamazoo, walked into an area hospital seeking treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The male was uncooperative.
The second shooting occurred in the area of Howard Street and S Westnedge Avenue at about 3:21 PM. Officers again responded to reports of “shots fired” this time between two vehicles. One of the involved vehicles crashed and the occupants fled on foot. Officers located two subjects attempting to flee the area and arrested them. Shell casings were recovered from the scene along with a handgun. The suspects, a 19-year-old, male, resident of Kalamazoo and a 22-year-old, male resident of Kalamazoo were arrested on a variety of charges related to weapons and drugs.
The third shooting occurred in the area of Ada Street and N Westnedge Avenue at about 4:24 PM. Officers again responded to reports of “shots fired” in a “drive by.” In all, three people were shot including: a 58-year-old, female resident of Kalamazoo, who sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound; a 22-year-old, male resident of Kalamazoo, who sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound; and Marcus Leonard Pierce, a 33-year-old, male resident of Kalamazoo, who was killed by the gunfire. Although Officers and other medical staff made efforts to save Mr. Pierce, his wounds were not survivable.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Pierce. This senseless act was reported by witnesses to have been perpetrated by multiple suspects driving down Ada Street. The suspects fired multiple rounds toward the victims, who were in the front yard of a residence. The suspects then fled the area.
On Monday May 15, 2023, Detectives with the assistance of the Operations Division conducted a search warrant in the 900 block of Mills Street. A person of interest was taken into custody and additional evidence was recovered. This open and active investigation is seeking the help of the community to bring those responsible for killing Mr. Pierce to justice. Witnesses and those with information are asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 269-337-8139. The community can also provide information anonymously through Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.
By authority of:
Captain Rafael Diaz
Criminal Investigation Division