UPDATE: Police issue arrest warrant for teen involved in shooting


Benton Harbor, Mich. Two teens continue to recover Thursday, as police have officially issued an arrest warrant for a teen they believe to be involved in the shooting.

17-year-old Elliott Coates of Benton harbor is wanted for three counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of felony firearm and another count of carrying a concealed weapon.

This all happened when a call came in around 4:35 p.m. Wednesday for a man down in Broadway Park. When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old black male victim with a gunshot wound to his stomach.

As first aid was being administered to the first victim, another call came in that another shooting victim was at a house in the 1100 block of McAllister.

When police arrived to that location, they determined that another 16-year-old black male was shot in the right arm.

They say the two victims were both shot during the same incident at Broadway Park.

Police say the investigation revealed that a small fight broke out in Broadway Park but was later dispersed. Shortly afterward, Coates returned and produced a handgun and started to shoot at the victims.Coates fled the scene and was gone prior to police arrival.

“I have some decision to make as far as, you know, do I remain in the area as a resident because I am going to always be an advocate and always support Benton Harbor and always try to help clean things up, but am I going to continue to try to clean it up standing right in the mist of everything that is going on because then, it's a game of survival more so than living,” says Danny Jennings. Jennings has lived right next to this park for about 30 years.

"It's heartbreaking," said Rev. Maurice McAfee, who lives near the park. "It's devastating to see that we have 17, 18 year old kids that haven't even begun to live life facing life-threatening situations."

Both teens were transported to the hospital, where one underwent surgery. Their current conditions are unknown.

Broadway Park was blocked off with crime scene tape for several hours Wednesday night as police collected evidence from the scene and used metal detectors to search for any stray bullets.

The Benton Harbor Public Safety Department is leading the investigation, with the help of the Berrien County Sheriff's Department and the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force.

No arrests have been made in the case. Anyone with information should contact the Benton Harbor Public Safety Department at 269-927-8436.


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