Police following leads after two minors shot overnight in Battle Creek


Battle Creek Police are currently investigating what led to the shooting of two Battle Creek teenagers who were shot overnight, one of which is suffering life-threatening injuries.

911 calls brought BCPD to Merritt Street near Cherry on the city's north side just before 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning. As they arrived, investigators say an officer was flagged down by a 15-year-old boy who had also called for help.

“He pointed us to the direction of Merritt, just north of Cherry Street where a friend of his was laying on the ground,” Detective Sergeant Todd Elliott of BCPD said.

Officers found a 17-year-old man unresponsive. Investigators say at first, hospital staff told them the teen had passed away. They later learned he was still alive, but had suffered critical injuries.

He wasn't the only victim.

“There was also another 15-year-old that was shot twice in the same location,” Elliott said. “It was determined he had a gunshot, two of them; one to his arm and one to his torso.”

That teen suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police have not yet found a weapon, but say multiple shell casings were found at the scene. Investigators say they do have some leads as to what the teenagers were doing, but are not releasing that information.

“None of them live there,” Elliott said. “None of them appeared to have any type of contact that we can find or relation with that house. That's definitely a key point in the investigation to determine: why were they there at three o'clock in the morning?”

Detectives tell us they do have one person of interest: a man in his early 40s who lives at the home where the shooting happened. They are now working to track that person down.

Detectives tell us they don't have any connection between their person of interest and the teenagers.

BCPD also said there is no evidence linking this shooting to the Joseph Bowser homicide in late March, which remains unsolved.

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