LANSING (WWJ) – Police say a woman has died after an apparently stray bullet hit her in the head before the Michigan capital’s Fourth of July fireworks show.
The 34-year-old Lansing woman was pronounced dead Thursday morning, police said. She had been struck once in the head.
The woman, whose name has not been released, was near the park’s boat-docking area and was apparently having a seizure. Medical personnel discovered the bullet wound only after the woman was taken to the hospital..
Mayor Virg Bernero issued a statement Thursday calling the Wednesday night shooting at Adado Riverfront Park a “senseless act of violence.”
Investigators don’t believe the shot was fired from within Adado Riverfront Park, but they aren’t sure where exactly the bullet was fired from.
“We thought we did everything to increase security at our celebration. Again, I mean, we had a gated area, we checked for weapons, we checked for fireworks, we had 115 officers working,” Lansing Police Captain Darryl Green told WWJ’s Stephanie Davis.
Green said the shooting is a mystery because no one, including the dozens of police officers at the park, saw or heard anything.
“We’re not getting any witness statements to support any discernible gunshots in the park at all. And again, we had officers including myself, I was out there too, the mayor was out there, walking around throughout the night. We all went through this area several times,” said Green.
Police are now asking the public to come forward with any information pertaining to the shooting.
“Clearly, somebody acted irresponsibly, outrageously, illegally, and we need to catch that person and we need help,” said Bernero.
Anyone with information, or anyone who may know about anyone shooting a firearm Wednesday night or anyone who was near the victim at the time of the shooting, is asked to call Detective Mark Lewandowsky at 517-483-6859 or Crime Stoppers at 517-483-STOP.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is assisting Lansing police with the case.