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Family of Kalamazoo Co. shooting victim speaks out

Family of Kalamazoo Co. shooting victim Ryan Harrington speaks out

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Tuesday night, family members of a West Michigan man who was shot and left for dead on Sprinkle Road in Kalamazoo are speaking out about the case.

Police identified the shooting victim this afternoon as 40-year-old Ryan Harrington.

The suspect--46-year-old Matthew Derr--was charged Tuesday with multiple felonies including "assault with intent to murder" and meth-related charges.

Harrington's family told Newschannel 3 Tuesday night it's unclear if he will survive.

Family members of Harrington tell us he was shot 6 or 7 times in the stomach, and a couple times in the arm as he tried to defend himself.

They call this a shocking crime he didn't deserve.

Early Monday morning, Harrington--a father and grandfather--was left to die on the side of the road in Kalamazoo County.

Tonight, he remains in a medically induced coma, fighting to recover from multiple gunshot wounds.

"It's rough to see someone you love in that situation," said Harrington's brother-in-law, Anthony Miller.

Miller received the unexpected news just this morning, and rushed to the hospital.

"I just know that my boss probably couldn't understand me this morning when I called in to work because I was in hysterics, that bad where I could hardly make out my words," Miller said.

Police aren't saying at this point what led up to the shooting.

They do have a suspect in custody--46-year-old Matthew Derr.

Kalamazoo County deputies say Derr and Harrington knew each other--a relationship some of Harrington's family was unaware of.

"He might not be a model citizen but nothing he has ever done to me deserves what I seen today," Miller said.

Police believe the shooting happened inside Derr's home.

Miller describes Harrington as a hard working man who has been through some tough times.

Miller says he was a shoulder to lean on, and hopes for answers in this case.

"What could he have done to lead up to this. I want to know what transpired before it. For someone to shoot somebody that many times in the stomach," Miller said.

Matthew Derr is being held in the Kalamazoo County Jail tonight on $250,000 bond.

He's due back in court later this month.

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