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Kentwood shooting suspects appear in Kent County Court

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Face weapons charges in May graduation shooting

Two suspects appeared in Kent County Court Monday, both charged with their role in a shootout after a graduation ceremony at East Kentwood High School last May.

18-year-old Shaakir Mohammed Abdulwahab and 18-year-old Jaqui Hill are both charged with carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon in a weapons-free school zone.

According to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office, the charges stem from a shootout following graduation ceremonies for Crossroads Alternative High School at East Kentwood High School in May. Suspects fled the scene following the shooting. The victims are reported to be in stable condition.

Officials say a gunman who leaned out a window of a white Hyundai shot a gun at a group of six people, which included Hill and Abdulwahab. Detectives said the group fired back at the Hyundai before they fled the shooting scene in a white Mercedes.

According to officials, a number of suspects remain at large and are wanted for questioning in the shootout.

On Monday, Kent County sheriff’s Detective Dustin Cook testified that Abdulwahab’s orange hoodie and his shoelaces were probable cause in his arrest, as they matched surveillance video taken from the shooting.

Abdulawhab however Monday, pleaded not guilty, while Hill is considering a plea deal.

Both face five years in prison if convicted.

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