Police searching for shooter of two Edmore businesses

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 3:09 pm on Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Police are searching for the person who shot the window of the McDonald’s in downtown Edmore early Saturday morning. — Courtesy photo

EDMORE—  Police are searching for someone who apparently drove by and shot two downtown Edmore businesses Friday night and Saturday morning.

Jennifer Nobach, the manager of McDonald’s at 807 E. Main St. (M-46) in Edmore, said she arrived at the restaurant around 3:40 a.m. Saturday and found the front window facing Main Street had been shot.

“It was some sort of a pump action gun,” she said. “It went through one panel, but it didn’t go through the second panel. It ricocheted off the second panel.”

Nobach said the last employee had left the restaurant at 12:40 a.m. so the incident occurred sometime within a three-hour span. The business was closed when the shooting occurred.

“It was a little frightening,” Nobach said. “Somebody paintballed the front of our business a few years ago, but we’ve never had a shooting like this.”

Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger said investigators believe a BB gun may have been used in McDonald’s shooting.

Maad Video at 217 E. Main Street (M-46) in downtown Edmore, was shot between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m. Friday. Owner Ashley Gonzalez said one of her employees was working inside when the incident occurred.

“She heard a noise and it sounded like a pop noise,” Gonzalez said. “You don’t think of a shooting in Edmore, you think of maybe a rock or something. She turned around and saw the glass just shatter. The bullet actually hit a filing cabinet, bounced off of that and hit a second row shelf of movies.”

The bullet has not been found. Edmore Police Chief Karl Kluwe said the weapon appears to be a BB gun or a similar weapon.

“It was not a rifle or a regular firearm or anything like that,” Kluwe said. “It was a lucky shot.

“My guess is it’s an older window because it popcorned and all fell apart, which you usually don’t see with a plate glass window,” he added. “I haven’t seen a window break like this in a long time.”

Gonzalez said she and family and friends worked to clean up the mess left behind until about 2:30 a.m. They later heard McDonald’s had been shot around that same time.

“It disgusts me,” Gonzalez said. “The whole thing disgusts me. Now I’m afraid to come into work and I’m afraid for my clients. Luckily nobody was in our lobby at the time.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and the Edmore Police Department are working together to solve the shootings. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (989) 831-7590 or the Edmore Police Department at (989) 427-5641.

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