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Kalamazoo police search for suspect in shooting near Western Michigan University campus

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Kalamazoo police search for suspect in shooting near Western Michigan University campus. (WWMT/Hunter Vervaras)

Police remain on the hunt for a man responsible for a shooting that left three people hospitalized outside an area near a Kalamazoo nightclub early Friday morning.

All three male victims were taken to Bronson Hospital with minor injuries, according to Kalamazoo Public Safety Department Lt. Mike Treau.

Officers were dispatched around 1:20 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to a report of gunfire in the parking lot of Campus Pointe, a commercial plaza on the intersection of West Michigan Avenue and Howard Street, just west of Western Michigan University’s campus.

Witnesses said the parking lot was packed with people when the shooting happened. One business owner said more needs to be done to ensure the safety of people in the area.

Treau said a verbal altercation between two groups of people led to a shooting and none of the three men injured were Western Michigan University students.

Jon Rockwood, the owner of Y Bar & Bistro, located in Campus Pointe plaza, said he was hundreds of yards from the shooting scene when he decided to close his doors because of safety concerns in the parking lot.

"We saw the parking lot was full. There was nothing we can do about it, people weren’t moving their vehicles. They just park in spot, they don’t let anyone come through, so at 1:00 a.m. we just decided it was better off to close our doors," Rockwood said.

Treau said officers patrol typically that area and other nightclub and bar areas.

"Officers are routinely in the area where the bars are located for bar closing so we can monitor crowds and hopefully prevent any issues that will arise when people leave the bars," he said.

During the time of the shooting, Treau said officers were dispatched to another call nearby.

"They were still in the area, close enough where they heard the gun shots and could respond quickly," Treau said.

He said the shooting was an isolated incident and said there's no apparent uptick in crime in the area.

Rockwood said he and other business owners have been meeting with police to keep the area as safe as possible.

"We work very hard day and night to maintain a good business and get a customer base that’s loyal and when you have things like this happen it’s hard for any of us businesses here to get customers in the door," Rockwood said.

Police said the three men who were shot are cooperating with investigators.

Police haven’t reported any arrests. A potential suspect vehicle was described to police as a yellow Chevy Camaro, possibly with black racing stripes, that left the area immediately after the shooting.

A suspect description was also provided by police: African-American male, unknown age, about 6-foot tall, short dreadlocks, and no facial hair. He was seen wearing a black zip-up hoodie, Nike brand T-shirt under the zip-up, black pants and black boots.