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Kzoo Twp. Police seek man for questioning in suspicious gunshot death

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - New information is emerging Friday night in a Kalamazoo Township death investigation.

At this moment, police officers are still trying to track down Tim Salo Jr. for questioning.

Officers found Jason VanOstran dead inside Salo's mobile home Thursday afternoon.

The results of an autopsy haven't been released yet, but police believe VanOstran died from a gunshot wound.

Friday, Newschannel 3 spoke to family members of both men digging deeper into what may have led to the shooting.

Both Salo and VanOstran have been arrested multiple times for violent incidents.

Now one is dead, and police are looking for the other.

"I want answers as to what happened; I want to know what happened to my son," Tracy Johnson told Newschannel 3 Friday night.

Johnson isn't VanOstran's biological mother, but she raised him from childhood. VanOstran's sister broke the news to her Thursday night.

"She told me that the police had just left her house; they had found Jason shot to death," Johnson said. "My world hasn't stopped spinning since."

Just like Kalamazoo Township Police, Johnson is hoping someone will provide information leading to Tim Salo Jr.

"It was on again, off again," Johnson said of the relationship between VanOstran and Salo. "They were buddies one minute, then fighting like cats and dogs again the next."

The only person who claims to have talked to Salo is his father, Tim Sr., who says that VanOstran was actually helping his son out following a seizure and head injury at work.

"The night before, Jason came over,  because I couldn't make it down and his girlfriend couldn't make it down and he was supposed to have somebody watch him over night," Tim Sr. said. "Then the next day when he came over, he had a freaking gun with him. It was more or less, 'look what I've got.'"

Tim Sr. says his son called him frantically Thursday afternoon, claiming VanOstran shot himself.

"I mean, he remembers parts you know but then the gun went off, and he dropped to the ground and he split; he panicked," he said.

For her part, Johnson says she's hoping Salo Jr. will come to his senses and turn himself in.

If you see Tim Salo Jr., you are asked to call the police or Silent Observer.

Salo Sr. says he's hoping to talk to his son again soon, and says he will be contacting Kalamazoo Township Police Saturday to relay what his son told him.