A Central Michigan University senior found the body of a 63-year-old man with a gunshot to his chest Thursday at 7:50 a.m.
Canton senior Gunnar Eisenmenger was getting out of bed at 607 S. University St. when he noticed the body lying in the grass face-up in the adjacent front yard at 609 S. University St. A handgun was lying about five to six feet away from the body, he said.
Eisenmenger, who moved in to the neighborhood two weeks prior, said the man appeared to be wearing pajamas in stocking feet. He called the Mount Pleasant Police Department immediately, and they were at the scene “in minutes,” according to him. The marketing logistics student was questioned by officers.
“It looked like he was passed out, but when we got closer, we could see a big red mark on his chest,” Eisenmenger said.
Eisenmenger said he and his friends heard a gunshot at about 10 p.m., but dismissed it.
“When you hear a gunshot in a college neighborhood, you think it’s just students messing around,” he said.
Eisenmenger said he saw the victim on his front porch a couple of days ago, but he had not spoken to him directly.
“I was a little rattled,” he said. “To see a guy dead first thing in the morning was shocking.”
Aprial Curry, who lives on the same 600 block of the deceased, said she heard a noise and was frightened to learn it came from a gun.
“I heard something last night and asked my husband what that noise was,” Curry said. “He said it was a firecracker. I didn’t hear anything at all this morning.”
According to MPPD Officer Nathan Koutz, the victim was not a Central Michigan University student. MPPD released a statement which revealed the investigation by officers determined no foul play was involved and that it does not appear to be a criminal matter.
CMU Chief of Police Bill Yeagley said in the same morning of the incident, his department received about six calls asking if there was a shooting or weapons offense on campus. He said officers looked into a possible shooter on campus, but investigations proved their tips were wrong.
“We backtrack when we can, to check on sources,” Yeagley said. “We are sure to investigate sources when rumors do occur. We can’t assume (the rumor) is related to the off-campus incident.”
A news release sent to all CMU students and staff by CMUPD confirmed rumors of a shooting on campus were false.