Suspected shooter in EK student's killing in custody

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The teen authorities believe pulled the trigger in the deadly shooting of an East Kentwood High School senior is in custody.

Online records show 17-year-old Israel Valdez is in the Kent County jail.  He was one of two people police were looking for in connection to Sunday’s shooting death of 17-year-old James King.

King’s cousin told 24 Hour News 8 they were selling marijuana in the parking lot of the Towne & Country Shopping Center in Grand Rapids when a customer tried to rob them, shooting King in the head.

Court documents indicate four suspects had planned to rob King during the deal. Investigators say they were in Ahmed Hasan’s Dodge Magnum with King when Valdez shot King in the face. King then either fell out or was pushed out of the car, the documents state.

King’s cousin said he held King in the parking lot at Kalamazoo Avenue and 44th Street SE as he waited for rescuers to arrive. King died at the scene.

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