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2 plead guilty in shootout at East Kentwood High School

By Rachel Van Gilder,


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two of the people involved in a shootout after a graduation ceremony at East Kentwood High School last year have pleaded guilty.

Shaakir Abdulwahab and Jacqui Hill pleaded guilty to carrying concealed weapons and having a weapon in a weapon-free school zone, five-year felonies. Abdulwahab pleaded as a third-time habitual offender.

The shooting happened on May 19, 2022, after Crossroads Alternative High School hosted its graduation at East Kentwood. Authorities say a group of people pulled up in a car and opened fire a second group. The second group returned fire, then drove off. The sheriff said “many, many, many” shots were fired.

Two people were injured in the exchange of gunfire: a 16-year-old from Texas, who sustained a gunshot wound to the wrist, and a 40-year-old woman who was shot in the wrist and abdomen.

Abdulwahab and Hill were arrested in the days following the shootout. Four more suspects, 18-year-old Amanti Wilson from Kentwood, two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old were taken into custody in September 2022 . Wilson is scheduled for arraignment on weapons charges in February.

Hill is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 22 and Abdulwahab on March 1.

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