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Authorities in Kalamazoo County investigating multiple shootings
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A string of violence in the Kalamazoo area has police on high alert.
The search continues for two suspects following a pair of shootings in the Kalamazoo area on Sunday.
The first happened at a gas station in downtown Kalamazoo after a fight at a popular bar.
Three were shot and hospitalized.
Hours later, in Comstock Township, a man was shot in the chest, before the suspect ran off.
Now, detectives with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety are following up on tips and interviewing suspects for the triple shooting in Kalamazoo, while Kalamazoo County Sheriff's deputies are doing the same in Comstock Township.
All four victims remain in the hospital.
"It's certainly concerning," said Chief Jeff Hadley with the KDPS. You had that kind of event happen in downtown Kalamazoo and that's something people pay attention to."
Chief Hadley says they're paying attention too, as they work to determine who opened fire overnight Sunday, injuring three people, one critically.
"They are looking and seeing the information that they need to bring someone in for questioning," Hadley said of detectives on the case.
The Chief says it all started with an argument at a party at Shakespeare's Pub, and that the police department is also working undercover to stop ongoing feuds in advance.
"The best that we can do is listen, use the data that comes our way, here at public safety, get ahead of it before it happens," Hadley said.
As for the shooting in Comstock Township, police say it was just a coincidence.
Deputies say a day-long fight turned violent between two neighbors Sunday, and they were called to an apartment complex after tires were slashed.
Hours later, they were called back after that same victim was shot in the chest, and the suspect had run off.
"We're still trying to determine who that person is, and we're trying to firm up our information to pursue that person," said Sgt. George Beuckelaere, with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office.
Thankfully, all victims are now in stable condition and are expected to recover.
The victim in the Comstock Township shooting had the bullet removed from his chest Monday, which friends say missed his heart by just three inches.
Police are still looking for suspects, and say that so far surveillance video hasn't proven helpful.
Anyone with information on either incident is urged to call Silent Observer right away.