Violent crime spike in Grand Rapids but overall homicide and assaults down since 90's
Caroline MacGregor January 16, 2013 | WGVU
recent shooting death happened on Monday. Anthony Tompkins was found lying in
an alley dead from a shotgun wound. Police arrested Ali Sharif Gray the following
day. His arraignment was expected today. Five other shootings remain unsolved
while three others were the result of a murder suicide where the perpetrator
knew his victims.
Belk says the homicides could be the result of interpersonal disputes but does
not believe one murder is in retaliation for another. The Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working closely with the police department
and prosecutor’s office to help solve cases.
Belk says community officers are being extremely proactive and aggressive to
solve crimes but urged anyone with information to step forward to help solve
murders that have shaken the community.
even though there has been an increase in violent crime, Grand Rapids
remains a safe community. Figures show the
number of homicides, burglaries and assaults in the city have dropped since the
A community meeting
is scheduled for Friday to talk about solutions. The
meeting is scheduled for 8 am on January 18th at Messiah Missionary Baptist
If you have information
you believe can help police as they work to solve recent homicide cases, please contact GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent
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