The Battle Creek Police Department responded to the area of W. Goguac St and S. Washington Ave to a call of several shots fired at 11:45 am on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
While en route, it was reported that someone had been shot in the back. Battle Creek Fire Department and LifeCare Ambulance were also sent.
As Officers arrived, a 27 year old Battle Creek woman was found on the porch of a house in the 90 block of W. Goguac St with an apparent gun shot wound to her back. She was conscious and talking to officers and was taken to an area hospital by LifeCare with non-life threatening injuries.
The victim and witnesses were cooperative, providing suspect information, which led police to a house on Arthur St where the suspects had abandoned their getaway car, a white four-door sedan. Area surveillance video showed the suspects getting into a silver Cadillac SUV that left the area. A search warrant was executed with help from the Calhoun County Sheriff Department at the house where the car was found, but no evidence besides the car was found and it is not believed the resident was involved.
Battle Creek Detectives and Calhoun Central Dispatch were able to track the suspects west on I-94. The Michigan State Police 5th District Fugitive Team and Highway Team were contacted and within minutes located the suspects. Both men, 23 and from Battle Creek, were arrested without incident. They are being lodged at the Calhoun County Jail on Assault with Intent to Murder charges.
The woman that was shot was not believed to be the intended target. The man that was thought to be the target, a 24 y/o BC man, was located and interviewed and was arrested and lodged on unrelated charges as well as firearm violations from this incident. A stolen gun was recovered from his possession. It was also reported that he fired a gun back at the two suspects after being shot at, but they were not hit. It appears this shooting stemmed from an argument the three men had earlier in the day.
Due to the cooperation between the public and multiple law enforcement agencies, a stolen gun and two dangerous men were quickly apprehended for the unnecessary shooting of a young woman.