Ferris State University was the center of a shooting that happened on Saturday. A Ferris State University student was shot in his apartment off campus. The student was shot at 4:15 a.m. in the Venlo Place Apartments Saturday morning. Sandy Gholston, a spokesperson for the college, said that police arrested the shooter at Finch Court apartments on Saturday afternoon and that police questioned a woman. The shooter was later identified as 20-year-old DeCory D. Downing. Downing is not a student and is from Macomb County, which is a suburb of Detroit. The shooter has a lengthy criminal record.
Bruce Borkovich, the Public Safety Director for Ferris State University, said that Downing has been charged with having a firearm in a felony and attempted murder. The shooter is being held in Mecosta County Jail and should be arraigned in district court on Monday. Borkovich also said that investigators do not know the motive of the shooting but do know that there was a party going on at the time of the shooting. They do not know if the two men knew each other or if they simply attended the party. He also said that early indications show that the shooting might have resulted from an argument that went bad.
After the Ferris State University student was shot in his apartment, campus officials decided to cancel school events including a basketball game and scheduled classes on Saturday.
Police are still looking for the shooter who killed a 20-year-old Michigan State University student and wounded his 20-year-old roommate on Friday night. Dominique Nolff, from Middleville, was pronounced dead at 9:23 a.m. on Saturday and his roommate was treated at Sparrow Hospital and later released. The suspect is described as being male, between the ages of 20 and 25, and was wearing a black coat, tan pants and black shoes or boots.
Justin Klass, a graduate student who lives on campus, said that people expect events like this to happen in other areas and not here. John Glasier, a student at the college, said he and his friends were leaving the apartment when they heard noises. He said he saw police chase a guy out of the apartment and tackle him to the ground. Glasier also said that he would feel differently if the incident was a random shooting and that he still feels safe. He said that the incident was unfortunate but a freak thing. Ayami Kawamata, a Michigan State University student, who lives near the building where the shooting occurred said that she still feels it is safe to live in the area but that hearing bullets being fired near her apartment is nerve-wracking.
The shooting of the Ferris State University student occurred in the his apartment Saturday morning at 4:15 am. The shooter, 20-year-old DeCory D. Downing, was arrested Saturday afternoon. Downing is charged with having a firearm in a felony and attempted murder. He is expected to be arraigned in court on Monday. The injured student, whose name was not released, was taken to Grand Rapids hospital and his injuries are not life threatening.
By Jordan Bonte