1 dead, 8 hurt in shooting in Grand Rapids shooting

Police investigate at a strip mall along 28th Street in Grand Rapids where multiple victims were shot, one of them fatally, early Sunday. (Oct. 9, 2016) (Courtesy: WOOD-TV)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One man is dead and eight other people are hurt after being shot at a strip mall along 28th Street in Grand Rapids early Sunday, according to WANE sister station WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Police are still looking for the shooter.

Sunday afternoon, the Grand Rapids Police Department identified the man killed as 21-year-old Juwan Boykin of Grand Rapids.

The shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. in the 1800 block of 28th Street SE, east of Kalamazoo Avenue. GRPD says officers were already headed to the strip mall on a call about a large party — upwards of 80 people — in one of the spaces when they were told about the shooting.Most of the wounded victims were taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

Four of them are men aged 20, 27, 29 and 34. The other four are women ages 19 and 24 and two 35-year-olds. Their names were not released. Some had been released as of Sunday afternoon, though others remained in the hospital.

“We’re currently trying to figure out exactly what took place,” said GRPD Sgt. Terry Dixon. “We’re very early on into this incident.”

Police say that shots were fired from both inside the party and outside from 28th Street.

The sign on the building where the shooting happened reads “Clearance Outlet.” Police say there is no merchandise inside and it looks more like a party hall. The owner said that he allowed an employee to use the space for his birthday party, though he doesn’t normally make it available for private events.

Police have not released any information on who they believe is responsible. No one was in custody Sunday afternoon.

A source with GRPD tells 24 Hour News 8 that the shooting was connected to a previous shooting at a bar in Muskegon Heights hours prior. The Muskegon Heights police chief confirmed to 24 Hour News 8 Sunday afternoon that shots gad been fired outside a bar. He said no one was injured. He said the incidents were not connected.