Police search for missing woman after possible shooting

 Jessica Gray
Jessica Gray (WNDU)
Published: Dec. 3, 2019 at 10:41 AM EST
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Police are searching for a missing Benton Harbor woman and a person of interest after being called to a possible shooting scene.

Early Monday morning, officers with the Benton Township Police Department were dispatched to 308 1/2 S. Crystal Ave. in Benton Harbor for a welfare check of the resident, 38-year-old Willie Lark Jr.

A family member told police that they had found the front door open and suspected blood in the doorway. Officers found live ammunition and spent shell casings in the home.

"Once there, the officers had located fresh blood just outside of the front doorway, entrance way. Upon further investigation, they had located spent shell casings and live firearm ammunition," Benton Charter Township Police Chief Brian Smit said.

Lark was not on scene and has not been located.

"If anyone were to see these persons, Jessica Gray or Willie Lark Jr., anyone that has information on the last time they'd seen Jessica Gray, we'd ask that they contact the Benton Township Police Department immediately," Smit said.

The department was contacted by family of 30-year-old Jessica Gray. They received information that she had been at the home Monday and may have been shot.

Gray has not been seen since late Sunday night and is currently reported as a missing person who is potentially endangered and in need of medical attention.

Smit said crimes like this don't happen too often in this part of town.

One resident said she could see something like this happening in another part of town, but not where she lives.

"I hear it from people that I know people at work. There's always gunshots, people getting arrested, fighting, robberies in the little stores around that area. Not so much in this area," nearby resident Guadalupe Merida said.

The Benton Township Police Department is asking anyone with information to contact the detective bureau at 269-925-1135 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

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