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In Michigan, police chase a shopper and shoot him in a parking lot.

(AP) — EAST LANSING, Mich. Video shows that after getting a call about a shopper with a gun, police chased a man at a big-box store in Michigan and shot him twice in the parking lot.

In this image taken from police body camera video released by the East Lansing Police, DeAnthony VanAtten lays on the ground after being shot by East Lansing, Mich., police on April 25, 2022, while responding to a call about a shopper with a gun. Police released video of the incident Thursday, May 5, 2022. State police are investigating the shooting. DeAnthony VanAtten’s injuries were not life-threatening. (East Lansing Police via AP)

“You just shot me for no reason,” DeAnthony VanAtten, 20, told police as he lay on the ground outside a Meijer store in East Lansing on April 25. He was handcuffed and lying on his back.

In this image taken from police body camera video released by the East Lansing Police, DeAnthony VanAtten lays on the ground after being shot by East Lansing, Mich., police on April 25, 2022, while responding to a call about a shopper with a gun. Police released video of the incident Thursday, May 5, 2022. State police are investigating the shooting. DeAnthony VanAtten’s injuries were not life-threatening. (East Lansing Police via AP)

Thursday, East Lansing police showed video from body cameras and the store’s roof. They also said that the investigation was being led by state police.

“We are taking this very seriously,” said Kim Johnson, who is in charge of the police. “I know that the facts about this event have been slow to come out, and we appreciate the community’s patience.”

Burnette VanAtten said that her son was shot because he was black and shopping.

She told the Lansing State Journal, “He was running because he was afraid for his life.”

Someone called 911 to say there were weapons at Meijer, and that’s when the trouble started.

The dispatcher was very clear, saying that a 20-year-old black man wearing a hat and mask that covered everything but his eyes had taken a gun out of his Chevrolet Equinox and was heading into the store.

The dispatcher said, “He’s not threatening anyone with it.”

 

The police were looking for VanAtten inside the store. A few minutes later, he was leaving a lobby with a bag when he was stopped by an officer. The officer told him to show his hands. A chase started on foot through the parked cars.

He has a gun!” Before VanAtten was shot, an officer yelled, “He’s got a gun!”

Under another car in the parking lot, a gun was found.

VanAtten was taken to the hospital to get care and then put in jail for a probation violation that had nothing to do with what happened. Police say he is no longer in their care.

Johnson said he couldn’t talk about the gun because it was part of an investigation by the state police.

Meijer doesn’t ban guns, but it does ask people not to carry them openly.

Officials in East Lansing said they released the video to be open with residents about officer-related shootings. This is the same reason that was given in April when Grand Rapids, Michigan, officials released video of the police killing of Patrick Lyoya.

Even this case is being looked into by state police.

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