Kalamazoo reacts to recent gun violence

Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Days after a 19-year-old was gunned down in a Kalamazoo neighborhood, another teen has been charged with open murder.

18-year-old DaQuan Pritchett was arraigned Monday. Police say he shot and killed 19-year-old Christopher Adams on Wednesday night on Mount Olivet Road in the Burke Acres neighborhood.

Police say a counterfeit $100 bill that was used during a marijuana deal sparked the shooting.

Meanwhile, police are investigating three more shooting incidents in just the past three days.

On Monday Newschannel 3 spoke to a father whose home is lined with bullet holes. He says he’s now ready to sell that home after hearing gunshots several times a week on his street.

“It starts right here and comes all the way down and around,” said Andrew Luman.

Luman tells Newschannel 3 that after just months of living here, his family is hoping to move out after a close call overnight at Jackson and Mills.

“They were creeping, kind of like army style, kind of like we did something,” said Luman. “I have kids, now I have to worry about bringing them outside.”

Luman now has dozens of holes in his siding, the shots just missing the window where his two toddlers were sitting.

A 21-year-old man is now in police custody after a K9 unit located a sawed off shotgun in his car.

“At least, I’d say three times a week, three to four times a week, every day you hear a gun shot,” said Luman.

Luman is now just one of many, including police, who are fed up with a surge of shootings that have hit Kalamazoo this summer.

“We are going to aggressively enforce all laws and ordinances to remove guns from the streets and try to minimize the gun violence,” said Lt. Stacey Geik of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.

Early Sunday morning, four people were injured at Campus Habitat on Howard Street. Police are still looking for suspects in those shootings.

“What I see is just people scattered everywhere, people running out of that building over there carrying injured people over there,” said Mohammed Saadey, who saw the aftermath of those Sunday shootings.

On the Friday night before, two 24-year-old males were hospitalized following a shooting at the Interfaith Apartments.

“At this point in the investigation, it’s obvious that there were multiple people engaging in gunfire back and forth,” said Lt. Geik.

The recent violence comes on top of five homicides in Kalamazoo this year. Among the victims, 30-year-old Orlando Walker who was killed on the northrside over the 4th of July weekend, a witness in a street fight. 13-year-old Michael Day was killed while riding his bike near Race and Reed over the Memorial Day weekend.

Andrew Luman says his kids will be playing indoors from now on.

“I know it’s going to be sleep with one eye open type thing,” said Luman. “I hope it can change, of course there is potential of changing.”

Police say they are doing all they can to curb the growing problem.

“The people who reside in the City of Kalamazoo deserve better,” said Lt. Geik. “They quality of life has been and will be better than this and we are going to bring bad people to jail, I assure you of that.”

Police are still looking for suspects and information regarding the apartment shooting on Howard.

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