Police release image of suspect in MSU shooting

Police are hoping photos from a security camera will help someone identify the suspect in a fatal shooting Friday night at an apartment near Michigan State University that injured a Grand Haven man and left another man dead.
Becky Vargo
Feb 4, 2014

East Lansing police released the photos Tuesday afternoon.

Middleville resident Dominique Nolff, 20, died Saturday morning from multiple gunshot wounds.

One of his roommates — Corbin Holwerda, 20, of Grand Haven — suffered a leg injury in the shooting. He was treated Friday night at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing and released.

Both shooting victims were MSU students.

“There’s nobody in custody yet," said Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth of the East Lansing Police Department. "We are still actively working on the case.”

Police were called to the Cedar Village Apartment complex at 8:48 Friday night. They found Nolff and Holwerda had suffered gunshot wounds while inside their off-campus apartment.

“There was some sort of relationship between the suspect and the deceased victim,” Wriggelsworth said. “We are still trying to figure out the relationship.”

Wriggelsworth said they tried to set the MSU community at ease Friday night by emphasizing that the victim knew the suspect in some capacity and that the shooting was not a random act.

“The guy didn’t break in,” he said.

The detective said “no comment” when asked if the situation was drug-related.

Police say the suspect they are looking for is a black man; about 6 feet, 2 inches in height; weighs about 170 pounds; and is approximately 20-25 years old. At the time of the shooting, he was believed to be wearing a black, hooded North Face winter jacket, tan pants and black shoes.

“It is believed he received significant facial injuries during the struggle with the victims,” Wriggelsworth said.



What is it with all the yuppies wearing North Face fleece jackets in 10° weather around here? Pure stupidity for vanity.


He looks kind of preppy. Does him having scratches on his face indicate that he may have been acting in self defense? The kid didn't break in, they knew each other. Wow, this is a real tragedy. A young man with so much promise is gone, and the other ones involved, have been immeasurably scarred. I hope SOMETHING good can be eeked out of this tragedy. Maybe using your gift of life as a testimony, for others who might find themselves in a similar situation, what to do and/or what not to do. My prayers to all involved, especially to Mr. Nolff's family, as this tragedy continues to unfold.

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