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"She's an action hero...with a conscience."

Dec 20, 2013
Rogers and her daughter
Natalie Kolb / MLive

Carmesha Rogers' selflessness in hustling three Muskegon children out of the range of gun fire was a story that Seattle Attorney Michael Mulvihill thought should've gone viral. He heard part of the story when he woke up one morning on a Seattle NPR affiliate and scoured the web to find the whole story. 

Mulvihill was overwhelmed with the magnitude of Rogers' act. It made sense to him as part of the "social contract" we agree to as members of society who look out for one another. "I thought it was incredible that [she] would go the extra mile...not just the extra mile, the extra marathon to jump in there for people I don't think she knew those children or their parents...she knew they were neighborhood kids and they needed help." 

Our colleagues over at MLive report that the Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office has released its "dispositional report" on the July 9th shooting incident that we have been reporting on here. The report includes details of how one of the shooters died, and how Carmesha Rogers was injured while "heroically" trying to rescue children.

Dustin Dwyer

Last week, we ran a series of stories about a gun battle in Muskegon, and how some rising crime trends are affecting neighborhoods in the city.

And there’s one part of that story we didn’t get to last week.

It’s the role of police in trying to solve the city’s crime problem. Here, then, is a follow-up. 

Jim and Shannon Ridge have two kids who were nearby when a gun fight broke out on Monroe Avenue in Muskegon last month.

Gun battles don’t happen a lot in their neighborhood.

But other crimes do.

Shannon Ridge says drug dealing happens in the open.

"And if you’re standing outside, like, on the weekend, Friday night, you’re just standing out with the kids, they’ll be standing right here at the corner, 'I got narcos for sale, I got narcos for sale!'" Ridge says.

Dustin Dwyer

This is the final story in our three-part series on a street gun battle in Muskegon last month that put children’s lives at risk.

Part one of the series is here. Part two is here

For today's story, we broaden our view, to look at the dramatic rise of gun crimes across several neighborhoods in Muskegon, and what’s being done to stop it.

Muskegon is not the most violent city in Michigan. Statistically, that would be Flint or Saginaw or Detroit.

But Muskegon is a relatively small city – only about 38,000 people – and much of the crime is centered in just a few neighborhoods.

So people who live in those neighborhoods actually experience a much worse rate of crime. Pick a random person off the street, and they’ll know someone who’s been affected by gun violence.

Dustin Dwyer

Today we continue our story about a gun fight in Muskegon that put children’s lives at risk, and the one woman who ran into the gunfire to save the kids.

The woman’s name is Carmesha Rogers. As she rushed the kids to safety, a bullet struck her in the head.

Part one of our story is here

I met Carmesha Rogers as she recovered in her room at Hackley Hospital in Muskegon. She was surrounded by humming medical equipment and cellophane balloons. She was hooked up to tubes, but she was able to sit up in a chair to talk.

This was less than a month after a bullet hit her in the head, and  passed through her brain.

I asked how she was feeling. 

"Kinda tired now," she said. "But I’m all right."

She could walk, she could talk.

Her mother, Leandrea Trainor says it’s been an amazing recovery, miraculous considering what the doctor told her to expect.

Dustin Dwyer

  Last month, a disagreement on a residential street in Muskegon turned into a massive gun battle. Six men were armed. Dozens of shots sprayed in all directions.  

At the house directly behind the gunfight, three children played on a porch.

And one woman ran into the line of fire to try to save them.

Today we begin a three-part series about the incident, and look at how the dramatic rise of gun crimes in Muskegon is putting more kids at risk.

The series begins with what happened on Monroe Ave. on the evening of July 9th. 

It wasn’t quite yet dinnertime.

Ten year old Brooklyn Ridge was walking her dog Scruffy up to the front porch of a white wooden house on Monroe. Her friends Cameron and Caiden were there. Her brother was inside.

Behind her in the street, a group of men were fighting. The fight got worse.

"They started off as punching and screaming," Ridge says. "Then it ended up as a gun battle."