VIDEO: Man shot at Greenville motel


Posted by Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 3:14 pm on Tuesday, November 15 2011

Police from multiple agencies investigate a double shooting at the Flat River Inn on Hillcrest Street in Greenville.

GREENVILLE — One man has been shot multiple times at the Flat River Inn in Greenville and the suspect remains on the loose.
Several people called Montcalm County Central Dispatch around 12:25 a.m. today after hearing shots fired in a room at the motel, located on Hillcrest Street just north of Washington Street (M-57).
Greenville Public Safety Sgt. Gary Valentine said a 24-year-old man was hit multiple times in a hail of gunfire. Police are not releasing his name or condition.
A Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services ambulance rushed the victim to Spectrum Health United Hospital for treatment. An AeroMed helicopter airlifted the victim to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids minutes later.
Valentine said four people were in the room when the shooting occurred. The suspect apparently came to the door and opened fire.
Police are not sure of a motive yet.
Valentine said the alleged shooter left the scene before police arrived. Police are not sure of the suspect’s description or whereabouts.
“The investigation is still in its preliminary stages,” Valentine said.
A search around the area is under way using K9 teams and night vision gear from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. Police also knocked on doors around the motel seeking information from neighbors.
Hillcrest Street is blocked from Washington Street (M-57) to Cass Street for the investigation. The public is asked to avoid the area and take basic precautions, including locking doors and windows.
“In any situation like this it’s a cause of concern for the citizens,” Valetine said.
The shooting comes three days after an armed robbery at Huntington Bank in downtown Greenville. The suspect from that crime also remains at large.
Derek Bodman, 27, said the shooting is the first major crime he can recall in the neighborhood since he moved to Baldwin Street.
“It’s insane,” he said. “I don’t know if people just don’t have anything else to do.”

Staff writers Kelli Ameling and Cory Smith also contributed to this report.

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