Police say it appears David Somers was the shooter in Saturday’s I-96 murder-suicide, and his family says it might have been related to surgery he’d had the day prior.
“We’re fairly certain the male subject was the shooter,” Ionia County Undersheriff Charlie Noll told the Ludington Daily News this morning.
Shelbi Somers, 23, David’s daughter, told the Grand Rapids Press her father had surgery to remove a tumor from his nasal cavity the day prior to the incident.
“He wasn’t concerned. From what he told me, everything went fine,” she told the newspaper. “I mean, it’s completely out of character. No one would think that would happen. It’s important for everyone to know about this part of it.”
In the meantime, family members and friends are hoping for the best for Amedy Dewey, the 18-year-old surviving victim of the highway shooting, which occurred just east of Lowell. She is in stable condition today at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Amedy’s mother, Lisa (Foster) Somers, age 50, and stepfather, David Somers, 51, both of Kaleva, were found dead on the shoulder side of the road off I-96 near a parked silver Chevrolet Equinox near Nash Highway east of Lowell about 10 p.m. Saturday.
A deputy discovered the vehicle’s liftgate and passenger side doors opened with Dewey, suffering from a severe gunshot injury. A loaded shotgun was found underneath David.
Lisa and Amedy were returning home from a vacation to the Bahamas and were picked up by David at the Gerald R. Ford International airport in Grand Rapids, Noll said.
Amedy was to be a senior at Kaleva Norman Dickson this year but transferred out of the district.
“We’re all praying for her,” said KND K-12 Principal Jake Vieth.
“She was a great student,” he said. “A great girl.”
At KND, Dewey was involved in cheerleading, soccer and the career tech program.
The school had three grief counselors available Monday to talk to students.
Vieth said students were grateful that after everything she was going through, she was alive.
A Go Fund Me page has been started to help Amedy.
It reads: “These wonderful people have touched every ones hearts in someway or another. Lisa Somers has made me believe in myself and gave me self-esteem. A tragic freak accident happened last night in the result of her passing away. Lisa is going to be missed by everyone!! Amedy is healing in the hospital and will need extensive surgery for her and has a ways to go. Lisa will need funding for her funeral.”
Lisa (Foster) Somers was a 1985 graduate of Ludington High School and member of the 1983 state runners-up softball team.
Investigators continue to have contact with family and other law enforcement agencies to determine details of this tragic event, according to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office. Ionia’s Sheriff’s Department asked the Manistee County Sheriff’s Department to check the home of the Somers. No other victims were found, the Ionia department stated in its release.
“There is no clear motive at this time of what prompted this violent incident, and Ionia County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue to investigate the case,” the statement said.