Two teenagers were shot and killed in the Kalamazoo Vine neighborhood of Kalamazoas Vin
NOTE TO THE EDITOR: This story has been rewritten to reflect the ages of the injured, 15 and 17, according to police. The ages were initially reported incorrectly.
Two children were shot and injured while walking in Kalamazoos Vine neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.
A group of preteen and adolescent boys were walking on Pearl Street near Dutton Street around 4 p.m. on Oct. 12, according to Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Vernon Coakley.
A man in a ski mask approached the group and shot at them, according to Coakley.
Two boys, ages 15 and 17, were shot and injured, both of them fatally. They were taken to a local hospital where they are receiving medical treatment, Coakley said. He didn't have the status of the boys.
The shooting took place within sight of Kalamazoo Public Schools' El Sol Academy. The two boys who were shot were not students at El Sol, according to KDPS spokesperson Ryan Bridges.
According to Coakley, police believe the shooting is an isolated event and that there is no danger to the public, based on information they have. As of 5:15 p.m., there was no additional description of the suspect and no one was in custody. Tuesday night,
Coakley said, Ive had enough. If you havent, I have. We must change the perception of this community. It's enough. People are being hurt.
KDPS at 269-337-8994 or Silent Observer at (269-343-2100) is requesting information from anyone with information.
Coakley said, If you see something, say something.
In Kalamazoo, there have been more than 60 nonfatal shootings in 2021, according to Coakley. This year, there have been 21 homicides.
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