Benton Harbor schools closed Friday after community shooting

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WNDU) - Benton Harbor Area Schools were closed Friday after a shooting in the community.

"The individual injured was not a student. The victim was, however, related to a student," Superintendent Dr. Robert Herrera said in a message to families.

"Due to the fact, this event was in close proximity of our schools, and we are uncertain of the persons involved, we believe it is in the best interests of our students to close school today to ensure their safety. We will keep you informed of any updates as they are received by us," Herrera continued.

According to the Benton Harbor Department of Public Safety, the shooting happened right after midnight Friday in the 300 block of Colby Avenue.

Police say several rounds were fired in the direction of a home.

A 60-year-old man was shot inside the home while sitting on a couch, watching TV. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Johnnie Walter, whose four grandchildren attend Benton Harbor High School, said all he wants is for his grandchildren to be able to go to school and be successful. Anything in the way of that needs to be addressed.

"“My grandkids, they go to school and try to get an education. They want to go to college, play football and basketball," Walter said. "People need to put their guns down."

Police say the shooting may be gang-related, and it is still under investigation.

If you have any information about what happened, please call the BHDPS Detective Tip Line at 269-934-0293.