Suspects, intended target all in custody following drive-by shooting in Battle Creek

Suspect in custody following drive-by shooting in Battle Creek. (WWMT/Raymond Hole)

Police have one suspect in custody and are still searching for more after a mid-day, drive-by shooting Tuesday in Battle Creek on Tuesday.

A 27-year-old Battle Creek woman who was in the home, at the corner of Goguac Street and South Washington Avenue, was shot in the back just before noon.

Police said the shooting stems from an argument between two men at the Burger King on Capital Avenue S.W. and West Territorial Road.

"It appears as if one of the parties followed initially got home and realized that the other half of the fight was rolling throughout the neighborhood," Battle Creek Police Chief Jim Blocker said.

Blocker said the woman tried rushing several small children into the home when she was shot.

"As they were getting the children inside, there was a drive-by shooting," Blocker said. "The suspect was standing outside of the sunroof firing at the home."

The children and one adult male dodged the gunfire.

"The fact that there are children there and someone's still using the weapon, and firing, they don't even have the courage to hold off until another day," Blocker said, "I think it's frustrating."

Only the woman was hit.

"She's in stable condition, doing well considering the fact that she was just shot," Blocker said.

Blocker said the man with the woman and children started firing back at the vehicle.

Police are looking into whether that man legally possessed his firearm.

Witnesses often aren't cooperative in cases like these, investigators said, but that's not what happened Tuesday. The witnesses spoke up, telling officers exactly who was shooting.

"It's huge," Blocker said. "We just recently got through a series of town hall meetings where we were talking, 'if you see something, you say something,' how critical it is to have cooperating witnesses that support the case."

The two suspects who were arrested Tuesday were caught by officers with the Michigan State Police 5th District Fugitive Team and Highway Team along Interstate 94 near Lawrence. Both men are 23 years old and from Battle Creek; they are being lodged at the Calhoun County Jail on charges of assault with intent to murder.

Blocker said he is grateful the children were not hurt.

Investigators believe the woman who was hit was not the intended target. Police said they believe the target was a 24-year-old Battle Creek man who was located, interviewed, then arrested and jailed on unrelated charges.

Anyone with information related to the shooting should call Battle Creek Police at 269-966-3322 or Silent Observer at 269-964-3888.

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