BATTLE CREEK, Mich., — Police searched Monday for a suspected killer after a 42-year-old Battle Creek man was gunned down in front of Maple United Methodist Church. It was the second time shots rang out in the city within a matter of minutes on Memorial Day.
Investigators said the first shooting, near Poplar Street and Capital Avenue N.E. sent a victim outside about 3:15 a.m.
Battle Creek police officials confirmed Tuesday that the victim, who was killed by one of two shootings, was 42-year-old Brent King from Battle Creek.
He was trying to find out what happened. On his walk to the shooting scene, police said, the man got into an argument with a woman walking her dog. During the verbal dispute, police said, another man fired multiple shots at the victim. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.
In the first shooting, police said, the gunfire apparently targeted a pickup truck. The driver of that truck then drove the vehicle into the suspected shooter and another person, police said. Both are expected to be OK.
The two shootings occurred about a block apart. Police did not recover a weapon from either scene.
According to Battle Creek police, the two shootings Monday do not appear to be related.
Anyone with information about the man involved in the deadly shooting is asked to call police.