Community reacts to Benton Harbor triple shooting

NOW: Community reacts to Benton Harbor triple shooting


BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- Investigators have asked the public to help find the suspect and persons of interest in a triple shooting in Benton Harbor from Wednesday afternoon.

But, police now say persons of interest have been located, interviewed, and released.

Officials are looking for 21-year-old Eric Holbrook, a suspect in the case.  20-year-old Dondrell Blackamore is wanted for questioning.

Just after 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, officers responded to the shooting on the 800th block of Superior Street.

29-year-old Benton Harbor resident Arsenio Jordan was shot and killed. Officers also found a 32-year-old woman who was also shot at the scene. She is in stable condition.

“As a mayor, it hits you right in the heart,” said Mayor of Benton Harbor Marcus Muhammad.

Katherine Mayes lives right by the scene of the shooting.

“I just heard about 6 shots it sounded like,” Mayes said.

A third person, a 24-year-old man, went to Spectrum Lakeland Health with a gunshot wound. Police confirm he is a suspect in the shooting and is being held on an un-related incident.

The shooting happened near the intersection of Superior and Empire.

Empire is a street where a brawl just took place. A video that is circulating the internet captured the entire fight.

The video shows you see a crowd of people throwing punches and kicks among many people on standby.

Not only did Mayes hear the shots from Wednesday’s shooting, but she witnessed this fight in her own yard.

“Next I knew they were all in my yard fighting,” said Mayes.

Mayes believes the people involved in the fight are young middle and high school kids.

Her five year old granddaughter was home at the time of the fight.

“She was scared. We told her it would be alright,” the grandmother explained.

Neighbors say the fight and shooting are not related.

Mayes is worried about the recent violence happening in her neighborhood, and she wants it to stop.

“It’s too close to my house. I don’t feel good about it,” she said.

Mayor Muhammad is also asking for the violence to come to an end.

“Senselessness violence, there’s no excuse for it. Nor, should there be a place for it in any society,” said the Mayor. “I’m asking for residents to continue to keep all parties impacted in prayer. And we mourn the loss of those are no longer with us. We want to continue to work together to prevent future violent acts and homicides.”

ABC57 reached out to Benton Harbor Police multiple times for more information, like what the motive of this shooting but did not receive a response.

Anyone with information on the deadly shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers.

The Michigan State Police and Berrien County Sheriff’s Department is assisting the shooting investigation.

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