KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — Authorities said Friday that detectives arrested two 18-year-olds in the murder of two people outside a high school graduation ceremony near Grand Rapids this week.
The Kent County Sheriff’s Office said its detectives, with the assistance of Michigan State Police and Livonia Police, conducted a traffic stop in the Detroit suburb of Livonia on Friday and arrested the two men. A third person they detained may also have been involved in Thursday’s shooting outside Kentwood Stadium, and other suspects remain at large, the department said.
A 16-year-old boy who was shot in the wrist has been released from hospital and a 40-year-old woman who was shot in the abdomen was in stable condition, Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said earlier. friday. She said investigators don’t know if the shooters and victims had a prior connection.
“It was an obviously brazen act,” LaJoye-Young said.
Several firearms were recovered during the traffic stop, the sheriff’s office said.
“We at the KCSO understand that this information is limited, but we felt it necessary to update the community to know that meaningful progress has been made,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
The victims were shot outside the East Kentwood High School stadium, where students from Crossroads Alternative High School were holding a graduation ceremony.
The sheriff said people arrived in a stolen Hyundai vehicle and started shooting after graduation. Those at the event who were apparently armed returned fire, the sheriff said.
The attackers fled in a Mercedes-Benz sedan. The police then recovered the two vehicles.
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