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Three arrested for fights at Ottawa Hills High School while shots fired nearby

A school basketball game was called due to fights breaking out in the stands. Police also received calls for multiple rounds of shots fired in a nearby neighborhood.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Multiple Grand Rapids Police Department officers were at Ottawa Hills High School Tuesday night due to fights at a school basketball game and shots fired in the area.

The basketball game was called with two seconds left due to several fights breaking out in the stands. Authorities cleared everybody out of the gym.

Two people have been arrested for disorderly fighting. A third was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm.

"The actions tonight are completely out of line with our district’s expectation for the behavior of event-goers at our sporting events," John Helmholdt, communications director for Grand Rapids Public Schools said.

There was also a shooting in a nearby neighborhood during the third quarter of the game, Helmholdt said.

Callers reported multiple rounds were fired.

Police say it is unknown if the fighting and shots fired were related.

There are currently no known victims from the shots fired, but there is damage to residents' cars in the area. A forensics team is at the scene investigating.

Police told parents to pick up their students at the Immaculate Heart of Mary church parking lot on Burton and Rosewood SE.

Helmholdt says the district is working with GRPS Public Safety officials and local law enforcement to investigate the situation.  

Anyone with information is asked to call GRPD at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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