East Lansing Police Captain Chad Connelly has confirmed local reports of shots being fired at about 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, in East Lansing’s Chesterfield Hills neighborhood.
ELi received information from a reader indicating that occupants of two cars fired weapons near the intersection of Highland and Westview Avenues, near the Hillcrest Village Apartments.
On Monday afternoon at 1:40 p.m., ELPD reported that, “Based on the initial investigations, it is believed that the incident involved two vehicles and was the result of road rage.”
“There was one arrest made,” Connelly told ELi. “No reported injuries at this time, and we are still actively investigating. It does appear that at least two vehicles were involved.”
On Monday afternoon, ELPD issued a statement saying that “ELPD officers were able to locate and stop one of the vehicles, which resulted in the arrest of an individual. Alonte Wilson, a 24-year-old man from Chicago, Ill. with Lansing ties, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon in connection with this incident. He has posted bond on this charge.”
The gunshots did not injure any persons but “rounds from the incident did damage personal property.”
ELPD says officers are now “working to identify the second vehicles and shooter involved in this incident. Members of the public with any information related to this incident are asked to contact Lt. Scot Sexton in the ELPD Detective Bureau at (517) 319-6916.”
The firing of weapons in East Lansing is relatively unusual. In 2018, a homicide by gunfire was reported in an Abbot Road complex north of Lake Lansing Road, a trio of gun incidents were connected to a downtown lounge, and shots were fired in the Grove Street parking ramp.
In an article published Friday about calls to demilitarize the police, we reported that ELPD records show ELPD officers firing guns 15 times from January 2019 through May 2020, and that in all instances it involved putting down wild animals.
Note: When originally published on June 21 at 2:47 p.m., this article indicated the incident happened in the early morning hours of June 21. Brandon Scott, who lives in the area, told ELi this occurred the evening of June 20. That has now been confirmed by police, and the story was updated with additional information from the police on June 22 at 1:50 p.m.