It's news to me but alarming, nonetheless, that someone is shooting out some windows of Grand Rapids' tallest building downtown, the 32-story River House Condos at Bridgewater Place. This is pretty scary!

Residents are justifiably concerned, and according to many reports, more than one window was shattered by gunfire and it has happened before, typically coming very early in the morning from cars driving by on the expressway.

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According to Rapids, the management of River House sent this notice to all residents.

River House Residents,

Last night between 2-3AM there were several shots fired at the West side of the building, apparently from the highway. Several units have damaged or blown out windows but thankfully, nobody was hurt.

Maintenance staff is on site today boarding up windows and initiating repairs. We will collaborate with the Board and prepare additional communications and updates for the community as more information becomes known but just wanted to get out an FYI.

If you have any information of note regarding this incident, please contact me directly.

Thank you,

Evidently, the same thing happened in 2021 as Scott Winters wrote about back then.

Is it a big deal to replace these windows? Yes, absolutely, and, expensive. A worker for a glass company that repairs glass in high rises in downtown Grand Rapids says windows are about $15 to $30 thousand dollars a piece. Ouch!

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Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The glass itself is most likely tempered glass and is designed to shatter into tiny pieces instead of large shards that guillotine people. It often can stay together after being shattered, until it becomes unstable or the wind moves it.

Regarding what was used in the shooting, it shouldn't matter if it was a rifle or pistol. They both will damage the glass basically the same.

Thank you, stupid, crazy person. Just what we need.

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