The search for a gunman continues Friday after a woman was shot in Isabella County near the Midland County line.
Law enforcement are following up on tips in the search for Kenneth Maddux, a person of interest in the case, but are not organizing a search group like Wednesday.
The Sheriff's Office has increased patrols in the Oil City area and are working with other law enforcement agencies.
The shooting happened about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home on E. Baseline, near Loomis.
The Isabella County Sheriff's Office said a couple woke up Wednesday morning to find someone, possibly two people, in the home. A fight broke out, and a woman was shot in the stomach. She was airlifted to the hospital
On Thursday, Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main said the victim was in fair condition.
Maddux is described as being about 6' tall and was last seen wearing a red or orange shirt and jeans. He has tattoos down one arm. The victim said she recognized Maddux's voice.
It's still unclear if a second suspect existed.
The sheriff continues to urge residents to keep their doors locked.
Some residents think they called off the search too early.
"Just doesn't seem like the right thing if there's a shooting going on. We need to get that guy," said Vern Bach, resident.
Others said they are not too concerned about the manhunt, saying the suspect is probably long gone.
"I'm sure he took off on the run. He ain't gonna be sitting here in a cornfield or something," said Gordon Wheeler, resident.
If you have any information on the suspect's location you are asked to call 911.
The situation prompted several lockdowns in the area.
The Bullock Creek School District was in "Secure Mode" Wednesday, according to Superintendent Shawn Hale. That meant business as usual inside the building, but no one was allowed in or out of the schools.
On Thursday, Hale posted the following message on the district's website and to parents on Thursday: Dear Parents:Good Morning, this is Shawn Hale, Superintendent of Schools for Bullock Creek School District. We have been in contact with law enforcement and have been encouraged to continue with our scheduled school day. We will run a modified secure mode today with all entrances locked with the exception of the front doors. Staff throughout the day will monitor front doors. Students attending school at Floyd Elementary will remain inside today.I want to thank everyone for their positive responses. We are doing everything we can with the information we have to keep children safe and continue with our school day. I am very proud of our students and staff for their flexibility. We are very grateful for local and state law enforcement for their immediate response to this situation and continued support. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Shawn HaleBullock Creek School DistrictSuperintendentThe Academic and Career Education Academy canceled classes Wednesday night over concerns about the gunman still at large.
A spokesperson for MidMichigan Medical Center said both campuses in Midland and Mt. Pleasant were in "Code Secure" status.
"While we do not perceive any immediate threat to any of our MidMichigan campuses, as a purely precautionary measure, we are on Code Secure at our Medical Centers in Midland and Mt. Pleasant," the spokesperson said.
The Code Secure has been modified so that while security personnel remain stationed at the entrances to the Medical Centers, visitors were able to come into the Medical Center without an appointment.
Coleman Schools were on lockdown as a precaution on Wednesday, but that was lifted at around 1:20 p.m.
Meridian School District Superintendent Craig Carmoney said his district was in secure mode for about half-an-hour but resumed normal status shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Operations building were also on lockdown because of the incident, that lockdown has since been lifted.
"The first thing that goes through your mind is obviously fear," said Nichole Bliss, resident.
She has lived in Isabella County her entire life. She said it has always been a peaceful place to live, but the shooting has her locking up when she never had to before.
"When those types of things hit closer to home you can't help but be a little scared for your safety and concerned for our community," Bliss said.
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