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8 teen suspects arrested in connection to drive-by shooting involving stolen vehicles

Police say multiple stolen vehicles were used in the shooting where more than 50 shots were fired. One of the vehicles then crashed into a house during a pursuit.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Eight teenage suspects are in custody after a shots-fired incident turned into a police chase and a crash early Thursday morning.

Police say multiple calls came in around 9 p.m. Wednesday reporting gunshots along Campus Park Drive in Grand Rapids. Responding officers found a home in the area struck by bullets. An estimated 50 shots were fired, according to investigators. 

Police say no one was injured in the shooting.

A stolen vehicle was then recovered along Campus Park Drive, and police determined the three other vehicles involved in the shooting were stolen. 

Around 3 a.m. Thursday, Grand Rapids police received reports that the stolen vehicles were parked in the area of Normandy Drive SE and Village Drive SE. Police determined occupants were inside the vehicle and set up a perimeter.

Four suspects were taken into custody at the scene. Authorities said one of the vehicles intentionally rammed a GRPD cruiser in an attempt to flee the scene, and another was able to flee. Police gave chase.

During the pursuit, the vehicle struck a parked car, then crashed into a brick pillar of a two-story rental home near the intersection of Valley Avenue and Veto Street. The crash caused the upper balcony to fall.

Following the crash, two suspects got out of the vehicle and fled the scene while the remaining two stayed inside the vehicle. All four were taken into custody.

A spokesperson for Grand Rapids Police said the vehicle being chased was a stolen 2022 Toyota RAV4. The vehicle was found flipped to its side before it was taken away by a tow truck.

Members of the Grand Rapids Fire Department were able to improve the impacted home's structural integrity by adding a wooden beam in place.

The eight teen suspects have not been identified but were identified as suspects in the investigation. Police say two suspects sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash.

Police say multiple firearms and evidence of felonies were found inside the vehicle.

The owner of the RAV4 said her car was stolen Wednesday morning, her birthday, at around 8 a.m. while it was defrosting at her home in the city's southeast side. After she stepped into her home for about three minutes, she said her vehicle was gone.

The car owner said she soon reported her vehicle stolen and at noon, even requested from Toyota that the 2022 vehicle be tracked. The owner said she didn't get confirmation from Toyota until almost 9 p.m.

She said the alleged thieves attempted to use her credit card at a Speedway.

An investigation is ongoing. Michigan State Police is also investigating the case. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police at 616-632-6125 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345. 

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