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2 dead in Grand Rapids murder-suicide

2 dead in Grand Rapids murder-suicide

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A man and a woman were found dead early Sunday morning.

Newschannel 3's Mara Thompson was on scene and she explains why police are calling this a murder-suicide.

Just after 3 a.m. police were called to an apartment building in the 1400 block of Lake Dr. SE for reports of multiple gun shots.

When police arrived they found two 21-year-old victims.

Sergeant Terry Dixon, spokesperson for GRPD, said, “A female victim who was deceased and the other was a male victim, who was still alive. Both were victims of apparent gunshot wounds. The male was transported to St. Mary's Hospital where he pronounced dead.”

Police are investigating the relationship between the two, but say the man had just arrived to the building when this occurred, calling it a murder-suicide.

Dixon said, “We do believe at this point that the male had showed up at the address, shot the victim, and then shot himself.”

The incident, which took place in Grand Rapids’ Easttown neighborhood, shook nearby residents.

Sarah Wepman, owner of The Early Bird CafĂ©, said, “The tragic events that happened across the street (on Sunday) are certainly not a reflection of the everyday goings-on in our neighborhood.”

Wepman said the victims did not live in the building, but were visiting friends.

“I just don't want people to be afraid that Eastown neighborhood or a neighboring communities are crime ridden. We’re a very safe friendly community.” She said, “Just a very, very horrible domestic violence.”

Police agree this is not a common occurrence for the neighborhood and say there is no threat to the community, and that this was an isolated incident.

Dixon said, “As far as shootings in the Easttown area, we are very fortunate that this is not the norm.”

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