Groom survives 10 bullets in downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – One of the men injured in a shootout in downtown Grand Rapids earlier this month suffered 10 gunshot wounds but is expected to be fine after his wife helped stem the bleeding, according to the family.

“It’s the worst feeling in the world,” his mother said after learning that her son had been shot. “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.”

Just after midnight on June 5, Marcellous Suttles, 23, was out with his wife on Pearl Street near Monroe Avenue downtown. Her wedding had taken place at the New Covenant Church earlier on June 4.

“It was such a happy day,” her mother Natasha Suttles told News 8 on Tuesday. “I don’t want to remember that night. We will remember it for the rest of our lives. »

“I was hysterical, screaming around the house, screaming for my daughter, screaming no, and just in my head I was like, ‘No, not yet,'” she continued.

Marcellous Suttles’ father died in August 2010 of a heart attack. His mother fears the worst again on June 5.

“They have the same first name,” she said. “And I’m just like, ‘No, not yet.’ That was my first (thought) thought, “I can’t, I can’t do this again.”

Grand Rapids Police are responding to the Pearl Street NW area of ​​downtown in the early hours of June 5, 2022.

Marcellous Suttles was one of four men shot that night. One of them, aged 25 Armonie Acklin, died instantly. Police said two groups of people who knew each other ran into each other and a fight broke out. Court documents show suspect Genesis Lewis told investigators he drove to his vehicle to get a handgun and started shooting. Lewis, 23, was accused June 17 with second degree murder, three counts of assault with intent to murder and one count of firearm in connection with the shooting.

Kieychia Likely, Marcellous Suttles’ aunt, was the bridesmaid at the wedding. She called it “heartbreaking” to go from a “beautiful ceremony” to receiving the phone call that her nephew had been shot.

“You go from extremely high to extremely low happiness, potentially your loved one is gone the very day you celebrate such a beautiful union,” Likely said. “You are potentially grieving the loss of someone you care about.”

Natasha Suttles ran to Butterworth Hospital while Likely drove to the scene of the shooting.

They said the bride used ties and sashes to stem her husband’s bleeding and to help at least one of the other men before help arrived.

An undated courtesy photo of Marcellous Suttles and his wife.
An undated courtesy photo of Marcellous Suttles and his wife.

“She was covered in blood,” Likely said. “They didn’t release her because she witnessed everything. The streets were blocked off. She was hysterical, rightly because she had just gotten married that morning.

Marcellus Suttles was injured in the shoulder, stomach, hand and thigh. Despite this, he was released from the hospital the same day. His mother called him a “miracle”.

Probably says Marcellous Suttles doesn’t have a good memory of what happened that night.

He still has a long way to go to recover. Natasha Suttles has said her son will need surgery on his hand and possibly his shoulder.

“One of the bullets left his shoulder now,” she said. “He still has fragments in his shoulder because the shoulder is also broken. He’s moved into his chest cavity through his lung now. We’re a little worried about that now, even though they say we don’t. don’t have to worry.

Marcellous Suttles has two younger brothers, aged 8 and 12.

“They don’t really know how to deal with it and deal with it,” Natasha Suttles said.

In the middle of a rise in gun violence in Grand Rapids, she says she is shaken.

“With all these shootings now, I don’t feel safe anywhere,” she said.

Natasha Suttles has set up a GoFundMe account to support his son and wife who raised $1,160 on Tuesday afternoon.

“There are several family members whose lives have been forever changed by this,” Likely said. “It is important to keep them in mind and also to keep them in prayer. This is the start of a long road. This night was the starting point.

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