Cutter Park residents discuss concerns at gun club meeting

The monthly board meeting for the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club was not so normal Monday night as a large group of residents from the nearby Cutter Park subdivision showed up to express their concerns after a shooting incident on Thursday left one man injured and several homes damaged. Jeremey Wilder, one of the residents whose home was hit by a bullet earlier this year, read a letter asking the board to completely shut down "all use of the rifle and pistol range until a full investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff is complete."
Becky Vargo
Oct 4, 2011

 

Wilder said he discovered the bullet hole in the siding above the garage door about six months ago and thought it was from one of his children using a slingshot. Once he heard about the man being injured at a neighbor's house, he investigated further and found a bullet lodged in the board underneath the siding.

Police were initially contacted Thursday morning after a contractor working at a house on Acacia Street went to the hospital with a bullet wound. His boss, who asked not to be identified, said the man was hit in the arm and was doing well.

During the meeting, OCSD Undersheriff Greg Steigenga told the crowd that officers had searched the area, as well as responded to neighbors calls, once the incident was reported. He said the investigation was expected to be completed by Wednesday, then turned over to the Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office. Once the prosecuting attorney was done addressing the case, the information would be available through the Freedom of Information Act, Steigenga said.

Mark Welch, president of the gun club board, assured those attending Monday's meeting that the board was concerned about everyone's safety, and would keep the rifle and pistol range closed until further notice.

Welch explained to the group that the trap and skeet shooting areas were an entirely different situation because they were located farther from the subdivision and the guns had a much shorter range. He said it was possible those areas would be back to normal operating hours on Wednesday. This area had also been closed pending the investigation.

The gun club is on 160th Avenue, off Ferris Street. The Cutter Park subdivision is about a half-mile to the east, located between Ferris and Lincoln streets.

See more on this story in Tuesday's edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

 

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