Man shoots self at Spectrum Butterworth

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Grand Rapids Police say a 26-year-old man is dead after he shot himself in the head Wednesday just outside the Spectrum Butterworth Hospital emergency room.

"The scenario is still running through my head. I cannot get the picture of the guy sitting there pulling the gun out and taking his own life like that," said Damien Donley who witnessed the shooting.

GRPD Sgt. Terry Dixon says the man left behind a suicide note indicating that he had a "parting gift" for police.  We're told a multi-colored backpack was found near the man but it contained nothing harmful.

Dixon said a vehicle linked to the man was later located at the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp at Fountain Street NE and Ransom Avenue.  He said after searching the vehicle investigators determined there was no threat to the area.


The lockdown on GRCC's campus was lifted as of 8:15 p.m. Students were initially put on lock down and told to shelter in place once the suspicious car was found. GRCC says the man was not a student there, but did work for Follet book store, which is a contracted vendor located on the campus.

The shooting was reported just before 5 p.m.  The area around the ER entrance at Barclay Avenue was blocked off but has since reopened.

The man's name has not been released.


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    ” a parting gift for the police”. So another victim of the lefts war on police.
    Al Sharpton last seen nodding in approval.

    • Argyle

      That makes no sense. How does a person committing an act of gun violence (on himself) constitute “the left’s war on police”? If anything, this guy is a victim of the right’s unwillingness to impose any kind of common sense gun control. Then again, I suspect you’re a Trump supporter, so you probably have no interest in actual facts.

      • Freya

        “gift the for the police’ sounds more like “here you go for making my life hell” or “thanks for not being there when I needed you to be”.

        • NO PC FOR ME

          It does make sense if you look at it from the prospective of the “man” who shot himself as a gift to the police.

      • Dennis Fletcher

        Common sense gun control…you mean like the current law against mentally ill people possessing firearms? The laws are not the problem, pal. Enforcement is the problem. There is a law against mentally ill people posessing firearms, but the only check that is ever done is that the individual is asked at the point of purchase whether they are or have ever been treated for a mental disorder. It is the honor system! All that person has to do is say “no”, and they get a gun. The law is great. The enforcement sucks. So don’t try to make this about gun laws because the laws are not what need to be addressed in order to prevent catastrophic gun violence. And BOTH sides of the aisle are guilty when it comes to how society is dealing with the mentally ill. EQUALLY guilty.

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