No injuries reported from bullet shot at Lansing Secretary of State branch

    Secretary of State office, Lansing | Susan J. Demas

    A bullet that struck the window of a Michigan Secretary of State office in Lansing on Monday resulted in no injuries. However, the branch is temporarily closed.

    A news release from the Lansing Police Department says that officers were dispatched to the branch on Lansing’s east side at approximately 11 a.m. after the shot was fired.

    The following attached pictures are people believed to have valuable information to this case (Male in white shirt: 18-20 yrs. 6’3” 180 lbs. – Male in Jacket: 18-22 yrs. 5’10” 180 lbs. – Female in dark shirt 30-40 yrs. 5’8” 150 lbs. | Lansing Police Department photo

    Witnesses said it appeared that an unidentified male was standing outside the branch office and was fired at by another unidentified person in a vehicle. Both those people left prior to the arrival of police.

    “It is believed the suspect and the person being shot at have some sort of relationship,” according to a news release from the Lansing Police.

    Secretary of State spokesperson Shawn Starkey said there were 13 branch staff members and approximately 40 customers in the office at the time of the shooting. He said that SOS staffers are trained for such incidents and were able to lock the door and move customers into a back hallway.

    “We’re grateful that no staff or customers were hurt,” Starkey told the Advance. “We want to thank our staff for remaining calm and getting everyone to safety.”

    The branch location in the 3300 block of East Michigan Avenue near Frandor and an adjacent SOS hearing room remain closed until further notice, Starkey said.

    If you have information with regard to this case or have information as to who the three subjects in the picture are, call the Lansing Police Department at 517-483-4600 or Det. Martha McGonegal at 517-483-4823.

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes is a former Michigan Advance reporter, covering West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels.


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