Teens charged in Kent Co. graduation shooting; police seek tips on others

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Two people have been arraigned in connection with a shooting at a Kent County graduation ceremony last weekend, and authorities are working to find others they said may have been involved.

The Kent County Sheriff's Office on Monday released a photo of people they are seeking in connection with the incident Thursday night that wounded two people.

It said investigators believe there are eight people involved in the shooting.

Detectives with the Kent County Sheriff's Office are looking for this group of people in connection with the  shooting that followed a high school graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 19, 2022.

Anyone with information should call detectives with the Sheriff's Office at (616) 632-6125 or submit tips through its Evidence Submission Portal.

Earlier Monday, two 18-year-olds from Grand Rapids were arraigned in 63rd District Court on charges related to the shooting, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Shaakir Abdulwahab and Jacqui Hill were charged with carrying a concealed weapon and general felony violation of weapon-free school zones, according to the notice.

Both were given a $100,000 bond and remain at the Kent County Correctional Facility.  

Jacqui Hill and Shaakir Abdulwahab were arraigned Monday.

On Friday, officials said they had detained five people in connection with the Thursday night shooting.

The group was taken in for questioning after a traffic stop in Livonia around 4 p.m. Friday. Authorities said they recovered multiple firearms in the vehicle. Two of the five detained were identified as 18-year-old men from Grand Rapids.

The shooting happened before 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood after a graduation ceremony for Crossroads Alternative High School, part of the Kentwood Public Schools district.

According to a preliminary investigation, a group in a white Hyundai drove by the school and fired shots from the vehicle. 

As the Hyundai sped away, another group of people who were at the school returned fire. That group then fled in a Mercedes.

Two people were shot in the gunfight, a 40-year-old woman from Grand Rapids and a 16-year-old boy from Texas, police said.

The woman, who was shot in the abdomen and the wrist, was last listed in critical, but stable condition after undergoing surgery, the sheriff's office said. The boy was shot in the wrist. He was treated and released, officials said Friday.

Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed