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21-year-old faces murder charge in Grand Rapids shooting

Booking photo for Martez McLaughlin.
Kent County Jail

A 21-year-old man has been charged in a Grand Rapids shooting that left one dead and a teenager critically injured.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says Martez McLaughlin faces open murder, assault with intent to murder and felony firearm charges.

The shooting in southeast Grand Rapids on Monday evening killed 38-year-old Joseph Banks and critically injured a 15-year-old, reportedly Banks’ stepson.

Police allege the shooting began as a disagreement inside a home on the 1400 block of Eastern Avenue SE. Banks died after walking about half a block to a nearby party store, reportedly to get help.

The teenager was in serious but stable condition as of Wednesday.

The GRPD says McLaughlin was arrested without incident on Tuesday.

Arraignment is expected today.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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