Gunfire erupts in Battle Creek neighborhood, two hospitalized


Battle Creek police said two men, both in their 20s, were sent to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following a Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, shooting on East Grand Circle. (WWMT/Rachel Glaser)

Battle Creek Police search for one or more suspected shooters after gunfire erupted in a neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

Police say two men in their 20's were injured in the exchange of bullets outside a home on East Grand Circle Avenue, near Spring Street.

A neighbor who lives across the street from the home targeted in the shooting Wednesday said he heard more than a dozen shots fired.

Witnesses said a group exited three vehicles parked outside the home and open fire at a group of people on the front porch, where at least one person was shot.

People on the porch returned fire, according to witnesses.

Police collected 15 to 20 shell casings from the street and close to the house on East Grand Circle Avenue, near Spring Street

Bullets hit at least two homes.

Sources at the scene believe the shooting stemmed from an ongoing dispute between two small groups of people.

Several neighbors called 911 to report the shooting.

The two victims were taken to the hospital in separate private vehicles before emergency responders arrived. Both men injured in the shooting are expected to recover.

Police said the victims and their families are not cooperating with investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to call Battle Creek Police at (269) 781-0911 or Silent Observer at (269) 964-3888.