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November 20, 2013

Neighbors describe shooting victim as 'sweet lady'

TRAVERSE CITY — A neighbor in a Traverse City apartment complex described a woman fatally shot Tuesday night as a "very sweet lady" who had an oft-volatile relationship with a live-in boyfriend.

Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 28-year-old woman in the complex at Three Mile Road and Aero Park Drive. A 33-year-old man who called police and spoke of his possible suicide attempt is hospitalized after apparently shooting himself in the hand.

Lamson said the couple lived with two children, a boy and girl who often played with her own daughter. She described the victim as a "very sweet lady."

Lamson's mother Bonnie Habrecht was babysitting when the shooting occurred in the nearby apartment at about 10:25 p.m.. Habrecht said she heard a "pounding" noise.

"Twenty minutes later I heard a commotion outside and heard someone hollering, 'Put the gun down. Put the gun down,'" she said. "I believe that was the police because my daughter said the police were on the scene."

Police had already taped off the building by the time Lamson arrived. Detectives continued their investigation into the morning and could be seen removing bags of evidence from the apartment. Officers on the scene declined to comment.


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