Shooting motive still unknown


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:30 am on Thursday, November 17, 2011

GREENVILLE — Police have not yet released any information about a possible motive or whether the shooter knew the victim of Saturday’s violent outburst in Greenville.
Frederick Princeton Neal, 26 (police previously said he was 24), of Grand Rapids, was shot at about 12:25 a.m. Saturday at the Flat River Inn & Suites on Hillcrest Street north of Washington Street (M-57) in Greenville.
Greenville Department of Public Safety Sgt. Gary Valentine said four people were in the motel room when the shooting occurred. A fifth person apparently came to the door and opened fire, then fled the scene. The shooter remains at large.
An ambulance brought Neal to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, where an AeroMed helicopter airlifted him to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was listed in critical condition Saturday. However, the hospital is no longer releasing any information about Neal’s condition or location.
Greenville Public Safety Director Mike Stuck said all the people in the motel room are from Grand Rapids and no one other than Neal was injured
Saturday’s shooting came three days after an armed robbery at Huntington Bank in downtown Greenville. The suspect fled on foot and remains at large.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the bank robbery.

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