Suspect arrested in connection to Ferris State shooting
An active shooting incident was reported at an off-campus apartment near Ferris State University between early Saturday morning.
The victim was moved to a Grand Rapids hospital for treatment, and was released.
According to Ferris Director of Public Safety Bruce Borkovich, the suspect has been identified as 20-year-old DeCory Demarco Downing.
Downing is a non-Ferris student and is believed to be from the Mt. Clemens/Macomb area, according to Borkovich, who addressed the media in a 9 a.m. press conference Sunday, Feb. 2.
Downing is charged with attempted murder which has a possible sentence of life in prison if convicted. He was also charged with use of a firearm, which is a felony with a mandatory two-year sentence.
The victim was shot between 4:15 and 4:30 a.m. Saturday at Venlo Place, an apartment complex just off campus.
The suspect is being held in Mecosta County Jail. FSU said on its website Sunday morning that charges are expected to be filed within "the next 24 to 48 hours."
Police have also taken a woman into custody to be questioned by the Mecosta County Sheriff's Office.
Earlier Saturday, police found a vehicle thought to be related to the incident parked at Finch Court, an off-campus apartment complex about a mile from Venlo Place. Police were granted search warrants to enter two Finch Court apartments, but neither were occupied.
The FSU Department of Public Safety was assisted by the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety, the Mecosta County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team.
Classes, men's and women's basketball games against Saginaw Valley State University and a high school hockey game were cancelled on Saturday in the wake of the shooting.