Man shot in GHT by stray bullet from gun club

Detectives said a Grand Haven man was hit in the arm by an errant shot fired Thursday morning by a member of Grand Valley State University's public safety department, practicing a half-mile away at a Grand Haven Township gun range. Ottawa County deputies said the 30-year-old man went to North Ottawa Community Hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound. He told investigators he had been working on a home on Acacia Street when he was shot. Police said they found a house on Acacia had also been hit by a stray shot.
Sep 30, 2011


Ottawa County detectives determined the bullets had been fired at the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club on 160th Avenue, where GVSU public safety officers were conducting weapons training around 9:30 a.m. Police now are trying to determine how the shots escaped from the gun range.
The university officers frequently use the gun range for training.

GVSU posted the following statement on the shooting on the university’s website: “The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation of an accidental shooting near the Ottawa County Rod and Gun Club. This incident is very unfortunate for all parties involved.”

The GVSU Department of Public Safety said its officers at the firearms range Thursday morning are cooperating fully in the investigation. The department is refraining from additional comments pending the outcome of the Sheriff’s Department investigation.



This is unacceptable. The gun range, township, police should be cleaning this mess up in a hurry. You can't have stray bullets leaving your property and raining down on a neighborhood.


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