Kalamazoo Public Safety says a female student has been struck and killed by a car near the Western Michigan University Campus.
It happened at 12:42 Sunday Morning at the intersection of Emajean Street and West Michigan Avenue, just a few blocks east of Drake Road. Responding officers found the 22-year-old W.M.U. student lying in the roadway.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Friends say she lived nearby and was apparently walking home alone when she was struck. The preliminary investigation found the driver was neither speeding or under the influence. An autopsy is planned to determine if the victim was sober.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members.
Dowagiac Police aren’t saying why a Benton Harbor man fired a gun near one of the buildings at Vineyard Place Apartments Saturday morning, only that he was arrested because of the incident. No one was apparently hit by the slug.
Responding officers learned the man went inside after firing the shot, and after questioning the occupants of one apartment, were able to identify the suspect and recover the gun. The 22-year-old has a felony record, and is expected to be charged with being a felon in possession of a gun and reckless discharge of a firearm when he is arraigned.
The Northside Ministerial Alliance has scheduled a Tuesday news conference to endorse efforts to pass gun control legislation that they say will protect responsible weapons owners and private citizens as well.
Dr. Michael T. Scott, Sr., president of the Northside Ministerial Alliance says “Most fatal and non-fatal shootings result from abuse and misuse of guns.” Faith leaders in the Kalamazoo community plan to step forward and urge lawmakers to take action to stem the tide of gun control.