Police say teens who met for a planned fight Friday may have led to a shot being fired in an alleyway in downtown Grand Rapids.
Police were called to an alleyway off Fulton Street and adjacent to Van Andel Arena about 3:50 p.m. on report of at least one shot fired. Grand Rapids Deputy Police Chief David Kiddle said several teenagers were fighting in the alley when people started running and a “couple” gunshots were heard.
No one was injured.
A man who watched from a nearby office building said he saw two groups of about five people pushing each other and screaming. He said a female tried to break up the scuffle before a shot was fired.
Kiddle said police were told teenage students planned a fight in the area of The Rapid bus station and that the dispute may have moved outside the arena.
Kiddle said the fight may involve Grand Rapids Public Schools students but did not have any further information.
Police initially took four or five people into custody for questioning. Those individuals were later released, except for one person who was arrested for drug possession unrelated to the shooting.
Kiddle said police are looking for one shooter but “don’t know exactly who that is.” Officers stopped a vehicle that was seen fleeing the scene, but Kiddle could not say if any suspects were inside the car that was pulled over on Ionia Avenue NW.