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GRPD: 3 injured in overnight shooting


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating an overnight drive-by shooting that left three people injured, with one leaving the scene in critical condition.

It happened around 2:20 a.m. Thursday near the corner of Madison Avenue and Brown Street SE.

Officers say the gunman was in a car, and opened fire before driving away northbound on Madison.

They say one of the victims was hit in the abdomen, while two others were hit in their legs.

Police are working on a description of the gunman. There's no word on the conditions of the victims.


$7 million mixed-use development opens in Eastown


GRAND RAPIDS - From vacant to vibrant: that's how Orion Construction describes its Eastown Flats project.

Officials on Tuesday cut the ribbon on the mixed-use development that features 35 apartments and retail space. Orion says 80 percent of the apartments are leased, as is the retail space.

The two buildings on either side of Wealthy Street replace a parking lot on one side and a crime-ridden car wash on the other.

City leaders gathering for Tuesday's celebration said it was "an exciting project" they were delighted to see go up.

One of the businesses, Sacred Expressions, is expanding to Grand Rapids from Holland. Owner Joshua Trudgeon said Eastown has "a great feel great people we wanted to be a part of that energy so we decided to come down here and set up our space."

The glass blowing and custom tattoo store should be open in two weeks.

GRPD: Child abduction story was a hoax


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department says an alleged attempted abduction reported Monday evening was a hoax.

In a news release early Tuesday morning, officers say the alleged victim admitted the story was not true, and that nothing had actually happened.

The original report report alleged a juvenile male was approached by a would-be abductor around 7:20 p.m.in the 3900 block of Whispering Way SE, near Burton and East Paris. The boy said a man chased, caught, and held him at knife point until a van with two other people pulled up moments later and stopped. The boy told officers he managed to get free and ran away.


GRPD responds to armed robbery at dry cleaner


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Police Department is looking for a man accused of armed robbery at a southeast-side dry cleaner Monday evening.

Officers said the robbery was reported around 6:30 p.m. at Sheldon Cleaners, 2675 East Paris Ave., near 28th St. A man armed with a handgun came into the shop demanding cash. He took an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot, investigators on the scene said.

Police have brought in canine units to try tracking him.

Anyone with information on the crime should call Grand Rapids police at 616-456-3604 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


Historical marker unveiled at original Meijer supercenter


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Monday was a big day for the Meijer Corporation and members of the Meijer family.

The state unveiled a Michigan Historical Marker at the location of the chain's original supercenter on 28th Street at Kalamazoo Avenue.

The original Thrifty Acres opened in June 1962, combining food retail and the sale of general merchandise. At the time, that kind of service was unheard of.

"It's exciting to have recognition that this concept that my father and grandfather pioneered 53 years ago," said Hank Meijer, CEO. "This month, on this site, also has historical significance; it reaches beyond the shoppers. We try our best to serve everyday to really have meaning for the way shopping has changed across America."

The first Meijer supercenter store was 100,000 square-feet and opened with 18 checkout lanes.

Community event held to help African Americans manage money


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Recent studies show the African American dollar packs a powerful punch in the U.S. economy, with buying power projected to be in the neighborhood of $1 trillion.

Despite the progress, members of the Black community face some economic hurdles such as unemployment, debt and financial literacy.

Monday night, local community leaders are holding an event called, "Money Matters: Financially Empowering the Black Community," to address some of those issues.

Dr. Maggie Anderson, an author and financial expert is among the presenters. Anderson gained national attention when she and her family committed to spending an entire year only spending money at black-owned businesses. Since then she has been sharing her experience on the speaking circuit, including during TED Talks.

GRPD: Officer who unholstered stun gun followed policy


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Video making the rounds Thursday on social media shows a Grand Rapids police officer holding his stun gun while, what appear to be three teens are on the ground. Grand Rapids police have since shared dash cam video and their comment on the incident.

The police department says the officer acted appropriately in the situation and it was proper for him to unholster his stun gun and aim it at the individuals on the ground until backup arrived.

The video on social media shows the officer aiming a stun gun at three apparent juveniles lying face down on the ground in a position of surrender. Dash cam video from the police car shows the officer arriving to Martin Luther King Jr. Park to investigate reports of a large fight underway.