BATTLE CREEK (WKZO AM/FM) — Two teens have been shot, one of them is in critical condition in Battle Creek and the gunman remains at large.
Police officers responding to a call of shots fired on Merit Street near Cherry at about 3:30 Sunday morning were flagged down by a 15-year-old.
He led them to the spot where the shooting occurred and a 17-year-old lay shot, bleeding and unresponsive. The 15-year-old then directed them to a house a few blocks away where another 15-year-old was found with gunshot wounds.
The older boy was initially reported to have died, but the hospital later clarified that to say he was still alive but suffering from life-threatening wounds. The younger victim is expected to survive his wounds.
Both were apparently shot at the same time and in the same location, but the 15-year-old fled the scene and made it to the address where he was found.
Forensic crews have spent much of the day at the Merritt St. location looking for evidence.
The names of the victims are being withheld because of their age.
Detectives are trying to determine a motive and trying to track down anyone else who may have first-hand knowledge of the shooting, or the reasons behind it.
Sgt. Todd Elliott says they have no evidence to show this shooting is connected to the shooting death of Joseph Bower II on March 24th. The gunman in that case also remains at large.
They believe this to be an isolated incident.