Search continues for Ferris shooter

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.

The suspect involved in an early morning shooting near Ferris State University is still at large.

Police are going door-to-door in a search focused in the area surrounding Finch Court for the suspect. The suspect is believed to be armed and not known to be a Ferris student.

The suspect is described as a black male with dread­locks approximately 6 feet, 150 to 170 pounds and 20 to 22 years old. He was reportedly last scene wearing black cargo pants, a red sweatshirt and black vest.

Finch Court, a residential housing complex on campus, is on lockdown. Residents are advised to stay inside.

The vehicle police believe the suspect used to leave the crime scene was found parked in Finch Court. It may have been stolen. Officers are attempting to locate the owner.

The victim, a Ferris student, was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids and is being treated for gunshot wounds to the arm and abdomen. Authorities believe the injuries are not life threatening.

Although police are unsure of the victim and suspect’s relationship, they believe the shooting, which occurred in the Venlo parking lot, wasn’t random. Officials said the shooting followed an altercation between the suspect and the victim.

“Big Rapids is a very safe community,” Director of Ferris DPS Bruce Borkovich said. “When something happens, it’s shocking to us.”

Due to the shooting, all activities scheduled on the Ferris campus have been canceled or suspended today, Sat. Feb. 1.

A male, who police believe is a Ferris student, was shot at 4:15 a.m. on Feb. 1.

Police have secured what they have identified as the crime scene in the Venlo parking lot outside of apartment 57 near the complex’s entrance.

Venlo Place is located on the north side of Perry Street approximately midway between Highway US 131 and the main cam­pus. Venlo is a multi-building off-campus student housing complex across from Katke Golf Course.

Venlo property manager Becky Wilkinson said the incident happened after security had left for the night.

“We try to do the best we can to protect the students,” she said.

Wilkinson said Venlo will need to reevaluate its security measures.

Police have advised students and residents in the area to stay inside and use extreme caution. Anyone with information is asked to contact Ferris DPS at (231) 591-5000.

Multiple Torch staff members are on both scenes. This story will be updated with more information as it becomes available.