Three victims in shooting, including child, in Kalamazoo; all now identified

KDPS tell us they are investigating a shooting that appears to be a murder suicide in Kalamazoo. Officers tell us a three-year-old boy is in critical condition. A man and woman were killed. (WWMT/Jessica Wheeler)


Newschannel 3 has confirmed, through family and court records, that the other person who died in the early morning shooting was Nicholas Allen Mitchell Jr.

Kalamazoo County Court records indicate that Mitchell and Gibson were in the middle of a child custody dispute. According to the records, she had sole custody, but he had some visitation rights. Both agreed to share financial responsibilities, but court records indicate that as of October he owed child support.

On Oct. 17, a bench warrant was issued for Nicholas Allen Mitchell Jr., but the records are not clear on why the warrant was issued.

Court records also indicated that Nicholas Mitchell Jr. was convicted in 2001 of armed robbery and car jacking.


10:20 A.M. UPDATE

A cousin of the family involved in the double homicide on Emerson Street this morning has confirmed that the woman who died was Julina Gale Gibson.

The cousin said the last time she saw Gibson, they were dancing and she was smiling; it's how she will remember Gibson.

Her son, still hospitalized in critical condition, has been identified as 4-year-old Nicholas Jeffery Mitchell.


Right now police are investigating a shooting involving three people, including a child, in Kalamazoo.

It happened in the front yard of a home in the 100 block of Emerson near Burdick in Kalamazoo around 6:40 a.m.

Police sources confirm to Newschannel 3 this was a murder-suicide. We are told a man and woman were killed. Police confirm the child, who is 3 years old, is still alive. Officers are now updating Newschannel 3 on the situation, telling us the toddler is in critical condition right now.

KDPS tells us right now there is no suspect on the loose and the public is not in any danger.

Neighbors heard the gunshots ring out.

"It's an unfortunate incident that's happened, you know, a tragedy," said one of those neighbors, Johnathon Childress. "It seems lately Kalamazoo has been kind of plagued with a lot of bad happenings."

Newschannel 3 has a crew on the scene. Stay with us for updates.

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