NORTON SHORES—Police are offering a reward for tips that lead to the apprehension of a suspect who may have information regarding a deadly shooting in Muskegon County.
A gang fight involving 100 people left one man dead and two men injured early Saturday in Norton Shores.
25-year old Timothy (T.J.) Thomas Jr. was killed. Now, police believe that a man named Robert Lewis Burnett II (alias Slime Money) has information critical to the case. They are offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to his apprehension.
At 2:10 a.m. Saturday, the Norton Shores Police Department responded to a report of a large fight outside the Comcast offices at 700 W. Broadway, near the Carbon Nightclub.
Officers found about 100 people fighting in the street and surrounding area.
The fights began after a 23-year-old man from Muskegon Heights was assaulted. He later was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with severe head injuries.
While the assault was occurring, an unknown suspect approached Thomas and shot him in the neck with a handgun. He was rushed by private vehicle to Hackley Hospital where he later died.
Witnesses told police that the assault and shooting were related to a dispute between rival gangs. Police are not sure if the incidents are connected.
"This may be gang-related, in that there are two rival gang groups and they basically met here in this parking lot," said Norton Shores Police Chief Daniel Shaw.
A 22-year-old Muskegon man also was struck in the leg by an apparent bullet ricochet. He was taken to Hackley where he was treated and released.
The Norton Shores Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Muskegon Heights Police Department and the Roosevelt Park Police Department. The Muskegon Police Department, Muskegon County Sheriff's Department and Michigan State Police assisted at Hackley Hospital.
This case remains under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding this case is being asked to call the Norton Shores Police Department at (231) 733-2691 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.