Police: Increase in Grand Rapids shootings 'unacceptable'

Nov 2, 2016

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Grand Rapids police say they're going to increase efforts to find suspects responsible for an increase in shootings over the last two months.

Grand Rapids Police Department chief David Rahinsky tells WOOD-TV the department is concerned about the spike in shootings and that the violent crime is unacceptable for the community.

He says the department will have more officers on the street in cars and on foot.

Police department data show there were 20 shooting incidents in the city between January and August.

In September and October alone, there were 14 such incidents, leaving three people dead and about 20 people injured.

Rahinsky says police have reason to believe several of the shootings are connected to an incident Oct. 9 in which one person was killed and another eight were injured at a party at a strip mall.