GREENVILLE – One man has been shot multiple times at the Flat River Inn and Suites 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 north of Washington Street.
Greenville Public Safety Sgt. Gary Valentine said 24-year-old Frederick Neal was hit multiple times in a hail of gunfire.
A Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services ambulance rushed Neal to Spectrum Health United Hospital for treatment. An AeroMed helicopter airlifted Neal to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids minutes later.
The victim is listed in critical condition.
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 or whether the shooter knew the victim.
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. “We don’t have a whole lot to go on.”
Police searched the area 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 was blocked from Washington Street (M-57) to Cass Street during the investigation. Police left the scene around 3 a.m.
The public is asked to 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.”