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West Side neighbors concerned about 2nd shooting this week


GRAND RAPID (WZZM) -- People in a West Side neighborhood were woken up by gunfire for the second straight night early Wednesday morning, and police are trying to figure out who the shooter is.

Bullets were fired around 3:30 a.m. on McReynolds Ave. between 7th and 9th St. Police say the shooter fired at one home.

No one was hurt.

They don't believe the shooting is related to the one from late Monday night, but it happened in the same block of McReynolds. Two people were injured in that shooting, and police never found a suspect.

On Wednesday, neighbors expressed concern about an increase in crime in that area. GRPD doesn't believe that's the case.

"We're obviously concerned about the shootings because it is a violent crime," said Capt. Matt Ostopowicz. "But, the location and time is coincidental right now."

GRPD: 2 injured by gunfire on northwest side


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating after gunfire injured two people on the northwest side of Grand Rapids Monday evening.

Officers responded to the 900 block of McReynolds Ave. NW, south of 11th St., shortly after 10 p.m.

Police said the victims are a man and a woman, each of whom was shot in the leg. They were taken to a hospital, and police said they believe their injuries are non-life-threatening.

One of the victims was shot in the 900 block of McReynolds. The other was shot in the 900 block of Muskegon. Police are still investigating whether the victims have any connections to each other.

Officers brought in a canine unit to look for the shooter, who hasn't been taken into custody.

GRFD puts fire out quickly, minor damage to home


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Emergency crews responded to a house fire on the city's west side Tuesday morning.

The home on Broadway Ave near 9th St. NW, by American Seating contains three apartments.

Everyone inside was able to get out safely.

The fire started in the attic and was put out quickly by the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Initial investigation suggests this was an electrical fire.

There was minor fire, smoke and water damage to one upstairs apartment.


Taste of Grand Rapids underway this weekend


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The annual

Taste of Grand Rapids brings local cuisine and free live entertainment to John Ball Park Friday and Saturday.

About 25 area restaurants are on-hand, offering visitors everything from Italian to Jamaican, Middle Eastern to barbecue. Attendees can once again buy food tickets to use for popular dishes from each restaurant.

Family-friendly bands will perform both days, with classic rock acts on Friday and country performer Drake White on Saturday.

Teenager evacuates sister and pets from burning home


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Gteenager says he was afraid the fire department would be too late.

When he saw his house on Underhill Avenue SW was on fire, Markell Green, 16, says he called 911 and then ran into the burning building to evacuate his sister and two dogs.

"The whole front porch was on fire," he recalled. "Flames and smoke everywhere. I was like 'Oh, crap! My sister is in there.'"

The fire Tuesday afternoon did major damage to the rental home, but the teenager made sure his sister 13-year-old sister Kayla and their pets got out safely
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"When I got into the house there were flames everywhere and smoke," he said. "It was dark and I couldn't see. But I had to get her up and get her out."

John Ball Zoo honoring zookeepers this week


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Sunday kicked off National Zookeeper Week and the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is taking part by celebrating the employees that take care of the animals.

As part of the celebrations, the zoo will highlight their entire staff on their Facebook page. The zoo is encouraging visitors to share their stories and photos of zookeepers on the page as well.

There are 18 full-time and many part time zookeepers at John Ball Zoo. Employees work with the animals on a daily basis by feeding and cleaning them. They are also there anytime an emergency comes up.

Consumers Energy, GVSU break ground on $15M leadership center


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Consumers Energy and Grand Valley State University have started building a new center to help future leaders grow.

Monday morning, leaders from Consumers Energy and Grand Valley broke ground on the new three-story, 35,000-square-foot leadership center designed for professional development for company employees.

It's located in downtown Grand Rapids on Front Avenue, near the corner of Butterworth Street on the Grand River.

"This is all focused in on developing the talent Consumers has and so they will be looking at utilizing some of our Seidman faculty in terms of curricular design for leadership courses," said the university president, Tom Haas. "Current and future practices for great leaders will go into their company and then beyond into their communities."