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Recovered car believed to be connected to drive-by shooting into Kent Co. home

A 56-year-old woman was inside the home at the time of the shooting and was struck by one of the bullets.

GAINES, Michigan — A woman was hospitalized after a drive-by shooting in Gaines Township overnight Monday, the Kent County Sheriff's Office says.

Deputies were dispatched to reports of shots fired in the 6000 block of Campus Park Drive SE just before 2 a.m., near East Kentwood High School.

Police say two vehicles drove by a residence, shooting at least three shots out of one of the vehicles.

"[The vehicles] were described as a dark sedan and a light-colored sedan occupied by several individuals," Lt. Joel Roon with the Kent County Sheriff's Office says.

Lt. Roon says a Kia was recovered Monday and is believed to be connected to this shooting. 

"Investigators are doing all of the processing of that vehicle trying to develop additional leads. And so that process is happening now. But we're happy that we at least have this to work off of now," Lt. Roon says.

A 56-year-old woman was inside the home at the time of the shooting and was struck by one of the bullets. She was treated at the University of Michigan Health West with non-life-threatening injuries. 

"She was awake in the home, just kind of minding her own business when she when she was struck by the bullet," Lt. Roon says. "She has been treated and released from the hospital and is just fine."

Investigators are working to find out the motive for the shooting, as well as if it's related to any previous shootings in the area.

Lt. Roon says investigators believe this is more than likely a targeted event and they have reason to believe that the home was targeted for a reason. 

"This is certainly a scary event that can sort of send shockwaves through a small neighborhood like this. And so we're certainly sensitive to that. However, based on our investigative leads, don't have an indication that this is not an isolated incident," Lt. Roon says. "So we don't believe that there's a threat to the community at this point."

There is no suspect description at this point. 

"The time of night really makes that part a little bit difficult. So we're doing all the things you might imagine with trying to find any, any outdoor surveillance that might help us to ascertain exactly how many people are involved and what they look like. But no specific information at this point," Lt. Roon says.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-632-6125 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


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