Grandmother speaks out after 3-year-old shot at Zap Zone
DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS)— A 3-year-old child was shot Tuesday evening at Zap Zone in Delta Township, according to the child’s grandmother.
6 News reporter Brittany Flowers spoke to the young girl’s grandma on scene just before 8:30 p.m.
The woman, who did not wish to release her name said her family was at the entertainment venue for a birthday party when they heard gunshots.
She said people inside at the time lowered to the ground, while many ran to the bathroom.
When she got to the restroom, she noticed the 3-year-old was bleeding and had a hole in her side.
We are working to learn more details about the incident and if a suspect has been identified.
Police are currently on scene investigating.
<<<This story will be updated when more information becomes available.
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Zap Zone joining bowling alley, 'will be an icon' for Battle Creek
Zap Zone is coming to Battle Creek, and it’s coming as one of numerous changes to a local bowling alley.
Once called Nottke’s Bowl, the bowling alley has been a longtime fixture in the city. It is now called Bowlero Lanes, and the state-of-the-art family fun center Zap Zone is known for will be added on to it.
“We wanted to keep it as a bowling alley, but enhance and modernize it for the kids,” said Mike Hasez, co-founder of Zap Zone. “We are actually confident that the center will be an icon for the Battle Creek and the Kalamazoo area. We believe the city needs such an entertainment place.”
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The bar and arcade already have been remodeled. The arcade is awaiting more games, but it already has new ones that might resound with modern audiences, like a shooting game themed around popular AMC show "The Walking Dead."
Among the additions to come will be a pro shop, laser tag maze, two escape rooms and a banquet hall with private lanes.
The laser tag maze is going to incorporate modern and updated laser tag equipment, Hasez said. The multilevel maze will have interactive targets, the guns will shoot different color lasers, and it has a mystery theme that will be announced at a later date.
“I constantly hear from people that Battle Creek needs something where families can go have fun, and a bowling alley is somewhere people of all ages can come,” said Jorge Maccombs, co-owner and director of operations at Bowlero Lanes.
The bowling alley aspect is something that Maccombs and Hasez are trying to preserve, rather than subsume under the family fun center. One way they are trying to ensure that is through the pro shop, which will have a full-time certified technician, a new milling system and the latest balls and accessories, Hasez said.
Hasez is a Lansing resident but ended up falling in love with Battle Creek during a Christmastime visit. The lights were better than Lansing’s lights, he said.
It helped that the bowling alley here had the square footage that would allow him to make all the additions he wanted while keeping the bowling alley.
He has been working with the Columbia Avenue Business Improvement District, a non-governmental organization that has been working on developing businesses on West Columbia Avenue.
The anticipated date of completion is late October or early November.
Bowlero Lanes will be open in the meantime, with construction areas safely blocked off from the lanes, bar and arcade.
Contact Natasha Blakely at (269) 966-0698 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @blakelynat.
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DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - On Tuesday, Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich confirmed that a shooting occurred at Zap Zone around 8:30 p.m. The area where the incident happened is near the Lansing Mall.
As Zap Zone owner Mike Hafez says, “it was an ordinary day at Zap Zone. Everyone was having fun, then the bullet came out of nowhere."
While at a birthday party, a three-year-old girl was struck in the abdomen and was then taken to a local hospital where she underwent surgery. Eaton County Sheriff’s Office officials say she is now out of surgery and in good condition. Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich was also able to learn from family members that the little girl is named Mila.
News 10 was able to speak with Zap Zone owner Mike Hafez on Wednesday. Hafez said he believes the shooting was an isolated incident and he feels safe being back in business. Hafez also said that the little girl might not have survived if the police did not respond as quickly as they did.
“Basically, the call was made and within two minutes, the ambulance was here.. and within 15 minutes, we heard the girl was in the emergency room, in the OR room, and they actually started operating on her," said Hafez.
Mike Hafez is having a hard time processing last night’s events.
“Seeing the little girl getting hit like that at three years old, it really breaks my heart. I really don’t think a stable individual would do such a thing," said Hafez.
It is believed by officials that the girl was not the suspect’s intended target. Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich thinks the shooting is indicative of another type of crime his office is working to deal with.
“We don’t know if it was random. We believe it’s random. However, someone else could be involved in this thing where the shooter was after somebody else. We don’t know that until we get additional information. But the child was not the target of this shooting,” Reich said. “There was no cause. There is no reason to shoot into a building-especially with a three-year-old girl getting shot.”
As it pertains to violence in the community, Sheriff Reich has a strong message.
“We need to put a stop to it. We need to take the handguns and firearms away from criminals and that’s my message. If you know of a criminal with a firearm, let the police know. Let’s track them down and we’ll see if we can get that firearm off the street because that’s where all of our crimes have occurred.. is with criminals having possession of firearms,” he said.
Zap Zone has since handed over security footage to the police. Officials are currently still investigating as the suspect is still at large.
If you have any information or potential leads, contact the Eaton County Sheriff Office at 517-372-8217.
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'Laser-focused:' Zap Zone celebrates 25th anniversary by trying to break two world records
Zap Zone celebrates 25th anniversary by trying to break two world records
Jake Chasse is accustomed to spending a lot of time in a laser tag vest.
The Romulus resident plays in several tournaments and has competed at high levels. But all of that is peanuts to what he and 15 others will attempt beginning Thursday night: play laser tag for 26 hours straight in order to set a new Guinness world record.
"This will be by far the hardest thing I've ever attempted, laser tag-wise," said Chasse, who works at Zap Zone in Canton. "It's going to be more mental than physical, I think."
Chasse and other competitors will done the gear Thursday night at the Canton Zap Zone, 41953 Ford Road, and attempt to topple the previous Guinness world record for longest marathon of playing laser tag, a distinction currently held by Q-Zar Codevilla in Codevilla, Pavia, Italy back in 2017. Participants there played 25 hours straight.
The attempt at the record, Chasse said, is just one component of Zap Zone marking its 25th anniversary in business. First opened in Canton back in 1994, the fun center — which has glow golf, bumper cars and video games, to name a few activities — has grown to nine locations across the state.
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The idea of setting a world record had been kicked around for a few years, but when the discussion came on how to celebrate the company's milestone anniversary, it just seemed like the right thing to do, Chasse said.
The company got in touch with Guinness World Records, which required plenty to set the record, including adding more cameras, find non-affiliated volunteers to make sure the games are running and more.
Because the record was already set, there's more needed for it, Chasse said.
"There's actually quite a bit involved, especially if you want to break an existing record, because the rules and regulations are set already," he said.
Players, who will come from all over the state, will take to the arena at 5 p.m. Thursday and begin playing with all the elements of laser tag, from the smoke machines to the heart-pounding music. They are allowed a five-minute break for every hour, and can bank it if they want to push forward.
"It depends on how we're feeling," Chasse said. "We might need a five-minute break for bathroom runs and stuff after an hour, or we might look at each other and go, 'Let's play for two or three hours and have a 15-minute break.'"
Dana Hermann, Zap Zone's director of operations, said there's been plenty done to prep for the record attempt. He's excited about how it's brought the company closer together.
"Every day is a new adventure, a new challenge. I love that these guys are getting the opportunity to break this record," Hermann said. "It's awesome to see all the stores come together."
And while the record is being attempted by two teams of eight players, the public is going to have their chance to get involved with it. A third team made up of the public will be joining in at regular intervals to play a regular match and be escorted out before another group of public members joins in.
"They can go in and play with us for 10 minutes at a time," Chasse said. "They get to go in and play with us and experience us going for the world record.
"I always wanted that to be a factor."
Not one record attempt, but two
If avid laser tag players are bummed they won't be part of a Guinness world record Thursday, they've got another opportunity Sunday in Farmington.
Zap Zone will attempt to set a new record never been done before Sunday at their fun center at 31506 Grand River and hopes the public will get in on the fun. That record is for the longest "winner stays on" tournament of laser tag," which was suggested to them by the folks at Guinness World Records when they approached them about setting the record.
That event will kick off Sunday at the fun center and run all day. Two teams will enter and the winning team will stay in the arena and compete until they lose and are replaced. The first 1,000 people at each site will receive a lanyard to mark their participation in the record attempt.
In addition, the business will offer free laser tag to customers from noon to 10 p.m. that day at all of its fun centers across Michigan, which are located in Taylor, Waterford, Ann Arbor, Brighton, Battle Creek, Lansing and Sterling Heights.
Other entertainment, including face-painters, circus performers and an ice cream truck will be on hand at the fun center to help celebrate the anniversary.
"We wanted to do something to give back to the communities that have supported us throughout the years," Hermann said. "We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the 25th anniversary than to open them in for a big party and free laser tag."
Contact David Veselenak at [email protected] or 734-678-6728. Follow him on Twitter @davidveselenak.
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Zap zone today is open
Zap Zone is a family-friendly place to spend a day.
(For the Citizen Patriot | Rene Wheaton)
JACKSON, MI -- My sister lives in Georgia, but most of my family still lives in the town where I grew up. It’s a couple of hours away though, so I don’t get to see them as much as I would like.
Luckily for us, Lansing is about halfway between Jackson and my hometown, so sometimes we meet up there.
Recently, we met my uncle, aunt and 7-year-old cousin Chance in Lansing at the Zap Zone Fun Center, 936 E. Mall Drive near the Lansing Mall. Chance is one of our son Jack’s, 6, favorite people in all the world, and the Zap Zone has a variety of activities, including Glo Golf, that are perfect for kids.
We started our day by ordering some pizza and tokens. While the boys played arcade games, the adult sat at a booth and were able to talk, while keeping an eye on them. For the sport fans, there are even a few televisions, so my husband Bob could keep up with the Lions game.
The boys garnered about 400 tickets from the machines, so they were able to go on a shopping spree for all kinds of junk that they didn’t really need. They were some happy kids.
After lunch, we all got in on the fun and played a round of Glo Golf, which is basically miniature golf illuminated by black lights.
The paint job around the course is very detailed and includes a variety of scenes from the jungle to under the sea.
Bob and I have long enjoyed miniature golf, but it is fun to see our son starting to enjoy it, too. While 18 holes was perfect for the adults, our boys got a little bored around hole No. 12. After that, part of the activity was keeping the boys from crawling all over the amazing course obstacles.
Other activities at Zap Zone include laser tag, bumper cars, a jump zone, a spin zone and a make-a-bear factory. Prices vary for each activity, but Glo Golf was $7 per person.
Zape Zone is open 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 3 p.m. to midnight Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 517-327-0747.
Front doors of Zap Zone 'showered with gunshots' in Farmington
FARMINGTON, Mich. (FOX 2) - Police are at the scene of a reported shooting at Zap Zone, a laser tag and arcade in Farmington Wednesday night where a suspect opened fire outside the business leaving a trail of broken windows. No victims have come forward or been found yet, police said.
Shots fired outside Zap Zone in Farmington but police unclear if anyone was hit
Farmington police say the front of the business was showered with gunfire, but reports of as many as three victims has not been confirmed and there has been no indication yet if that happened.
After the incident, which happened at 8:20 p.m., the four Black male suspects fled in a dark-colored full-size pickup truck which drove down Grand River, according to police.
The shooting happened after an altercation between two groups of people left the front of the Zap Zone "showered" with bullets, according to Public Safety Director Ted Warthman.
"At some point one group left and went to the parking lot and when the victim was leaving the building, they showered the front door with gunshots," he said. "And the victim ran back inside the building and we have been unable to locate him at this time."
The police chief told FOX 2 that a caller from inside the business reported three victims shot, but there has been no evidence to support that yet as the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call Farmington police at 248-474-4700.
Stay with FOX 2 for more information as it becomes available.
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TAYLOR – Zap Zone Laser Tag Fun Center has much more to offer than just laser tag. With a recent move to a much larger location, it offers a huge variety of activities for all ages, owner Mike Hamade said.
“At our old location we only really had room for laser tag and bumper cars, but now we have much more room, so we’ve increased what we offer by quite a bit,” he said.
Zap Zone previously was on Ecorse Road, but just over a year ago made the move to 9751 Telegraph Road, which has more than 30,000 square feet.
Aside from laser tag and bumper cars, Zap Zone now offers glow-in-the-dark miniature golf known as “Glo Golf,” a cannon-blasting game similar to dodge ball, jump zone inflatables, a ride called “slime bucket,” more than 100 arcade games and more.
“We have so many different attractions now,” Hamade said. “There is really something for everyone. There are certain attractions that are better for smaller kids and others that also accommodate older kids and adults.”
In addition, the size of the laser tag mazes have increased, and Zap Zone now has the capacity to host more large party groups.
Zap Zone offers six party packages to accommodate different sizes and types of parties. And, each party group has a host to make sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish, Hamade said.
Zap Zone also hosts fundraisers and overnight lock-ins for groups. Calling a few weeks in advance to reserve a timeslot is recommended.
But not everyone needs to have a party to enjoy the activities at Zap Zone. “Public play” is offered during business hours. Tuesday is an especially popular night for those just walking in, because Zap Zone offers specials for every activity.
The laser tag price is nearly half off on Tuesdays.
Zap Zone has six other locations in southeastern Michigan, including Ann Arbor, Canton Township, Farmington, Lansing, Utica and Waterford Township.
During the school year, Zap Zone is open 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 3 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays. In the summer, hours are noon to 11 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, noon to midnight Fridays, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.
To learn more, visit zap-zone.com or call 1-313-299-9690.
Zap Zone Laser Tag
Address: 9751 Telegraph Road, Taylor.
Owner: Mike Hamade.
Employees: About 25.