Big Rapids — Campus police at Ferris State University are still searching for a suspect in connection with an early morning off-campus shooting that left a student injured.
The shooting occurred between 4:15 and 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Venlo Place Apartments, about a mile away from the main campus, according to a statement released by the school’s Department of Public Safety.
Police say the student was transferred to a Grand Rapids hospital with wounds that are not believed to be life-threatening. His name and condition were not immediately released.
Officers have searched two apartments at Finch Court on the Ferris State University Big Rapids campus, but did not findthe suspect. Big Rapids is about 50 miles north of Grand Rapids.
Ferris police located a vehicle believed to be involved in the incident parked in the vicinity of Finch Court, located a mile from the scene of the shooting off campus at Venlo Place apartments. Search warrants were secured to enter two Finch Court apartments, but neither was occupied.
Students and residents were being advised to “exercise extreme caution” until an arrest is made.
College officials canceled classes, basketball games and other sporting events Saturday in the hours after the shooting.
The school canceled men and women’s basketball games against Saginaw Valley State University and a high school hockey game. But the university announced regularly scheduled evening activities would resume including the youth hockey tournament in the Ferris ice arena atand the Festival of the Arts film event.
Student Michael Miller said he lives in the cul-de-sac where the shooting took place and the suspected shooter lives just a few doors down. He said police have been on the scene restricting anyone from leaving since early this morning.
“He’s someone I’d see, maybe talk to at the mailbox,” said Miller. “But I didn’t know him.”
Miller said all of the people living in the cul-de-sac are students at the university.
“I don’t know where he is,” said Miller. “I am a little concerned.”