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Shooting of 19-year-old prompts GRPD to crack down on "car and motorcycle meet ups"

Chief Eric Winstrom meanwhile hoping someone has video footage of murder or incident.

Local law enforcement agencies are reacting to the shooting death of a 19-year-old woman at what’s been described as a weekend “car and motorcycle meet-up.”

Grand Rapids Police Department investigators are seeking a motive behind Sunday’s shooting death of 19-year-old Alana Vasquez.

GRPD Police Chief Eric Winstrom says the Grand Rapids teen’s life was tragically cut short while attending a “car and motorcycle meet-up.”

"This is more than kids doing burnouts and kids showing off their cars," Winstrom said. “This is behavior that unfortunately has resulted in the murder of a 19-year-old girl. Absolutely unacceptable."

“Car and motorcycle meet-ups” are a growing trend in the metro Grand Rapids area, where authorities say mostly young adults coordinate large gatherings on social media to shut down intersections blocking traffic to conduct a drag races,

Chief Winstrom says many times, this leads to more serious crimes citing a recent arrest of one of the drivers.

“That driver had a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun on the back seat of their car,” Winstrom said. “I don’t know why you’re going to a car show with a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun on the back seat of your car. It was illegally possessed, too.”

In addition to tracking down the meet-up organizers with a cease-and-desist order, Winstrom first and foremost wants justice for the Vasquez family.

He says anyone with information will not be prosecuted for taking part in the meet-ups or any other petty crimes.