Alleged Kentwood graduation party shooter on probation for gun, drug conviction

9:58 PM, Jul 17, 2013   |    comments
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Scene of shooting, 4900 block Farmview Ct. SE, Kentwood (Photo by WZZM 13's Laurie Fey)

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a complex case and that's why police say it's taking longer than anticipated to charge an 18-year-old Grand Rapids man for his involvement in a shooting Sunday night at a Kentwood high school graduation party.

Ten unexpected guests showed up at a pool party leading to a scuffle, then someone began firing gunshots into the crowd. Five people were struck; two victims were rushed to the hospital for surgery, one with life-threatening injuries.

Of the five victims, two remain hospitalized including a 21-year-old woman who was shot in the face and a 20-year-old man who was struck twice in the torso.

Two 17-year-old males were treated and released after one was shot in the foot and the other in the hand. A 21-year-old man suffered a minor hand injury; police are investigating whether he was grazed by a bullet or fell while trying to escape the commotion.

Monday evening, the same night the 18-year-old suspect was arrested, police stopped and impounded his mother's car near the intersection of U.S. 131 and 28th Street.

While the shooting suspect was still 17, he served a jail sentence for carrying a concealed gun and possession of marijuana. Before sentencing for the crime, the teen sent the judge a letter begging for leniency saying he had learned his lesson and was ashamed for letting his mother down.

On his Facebook page, the shooting suspect calls himself "Young Savage." He was still on probation after serving a sentence for carrying a concealed gun and possession of marijuana.

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