A bullet grazed 20-year-old Corbin Holwerda's leg, but he is able to walk, said his girlfriend, Shealin Saunders, when contacted in New York on Sunday.
Saunders said it was awful to be so far away when such a horrible event happens.
“But he’s surrounded by family and friends,” she said.
Holwerda and his roommate, Dominque “DJ” Nolff, 20, of Middleville, were at their Cedar Village apartment near the Michigan State University campus when the shooting occurred just before 9 p.m. Friday, East Lansing police said.
Nolff was pronounced dead at 9:23 a.m. Saturday from multiple gunshot wounds.
Both men are sophomores and business majors at MSU.
Police said the suspect is also in his 20s and the shooting “does not appear to be a random act.”
Another Grand Haven man, Brad Glasser, also lives at the apartment, but it is unknown whether or not he was there at the time of the shooting, Saunders said.
When contacted on Sunday, Glasser would only say that he knows the victims.
“I don’t really want to talk right now,” he said.
A Lake Odessa resident and an MSU student, Saunders said she has known Nolff since they were in middle school. She met Holwerda when they were both juniors – at about the time Holwerda’s family moved from Middleville to Grand Haven.
“He was happy-go-lucky,” she said of Nolff. “He was always ready to have a good time.”
Saunders said Nolff also had a serious side.
“He was very studious,” she said. “I had a business class with him. He would call me and want to collaborate.”
Saunders said Nolff was a good friend to Holwerda.
“Overall he was just a great person,” she said.
Spring Lake resident Amanda Reid, who said she is friends with the guys, had gone home for the weekend and found out about the shooting around 9:30 p.m.
“I had a weird feeling that it was someone I knew,” she said. “You get to know so many people there.”
Reid, a Lansing Community College student, said she planned to return to her Cedar Village apartment, a couple of buildings away from the shooting.
“It’s still a safe place to live,” she said. “My parents are fine with me there.”
Nolff graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School in Middleville, about 20 miles southeast of Grand Rapids.
Holwerda also attended Thornapple Kellogg before moving to Grand Haven.
East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett posted a note to families of the victims on his Facebook page Saturday morning.
"East Lansing residents woke up this morning to another headline about senseless gun violence. This time it was in our own backyard," he wrote. "My thoughts are with the two victims and their families."
The suspect in the MSU case was described as an African-American man in his early 20s.
Call East Lansing Police at 517-351-4220 or Silent Observer if you have any tips.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.