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2 shot at high school graduation in Michigan

May 20, 2022
A 40-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy were wounded when two groups exchanged gunfire after a graduation ceremony near Grand Rapids.

Two people were shot Thursday night following a high school graduation ceremony near Grand Rapids, Mich. reports that a 40-year-old woman from Grand Rapids was in critical condition after undergoing surgery for a gunshot in the abdomen. A 16-year-old Texas boy who was shot in the wrist was treated at a hospital and released.

Two people have been charged in connection with the shooting, The Detroit News reports, and police are they are looking for others in connection with the incident. Investigators believe as many as eight people were involved in the shooting.

The shooting occurred at the graduation ceremony for Crossroads Alternative High School that was being held at the football stadium of East Kentwood High School, just outside Kentwood, Mich.

About 400 people--75 students and their families and friends--were at the graduation. School officials said the shooting happened following the ceremony.

Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said people in two cars started exchanging gunshots. 

Surveillance video showed a shooter leaning out of a vehicle and opening fire about a half hour after the ceremony. Others in the area returned fire before two vehicles fled the scene. The gunfight lasted less than 30 seconds, the sheriff said.

Police said the two gunshot victims appeared to have no connection to those involved in the shooting

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