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Flint shooting leaves 3 dead, 1 wounded

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(07/18/12) - In Flint, police confirm a suspect is in custody in connection with shootings Wednesday morning that left three people dead and another injured.

The shootings happened inside a home in the 700 block of Tacken, near Frazer on the city's west side, around 3:30 a.m.

Two men and one woman were killed.

"It looks like they were all shot in the same back bedroom," said Flint Police Captain T.P. Johnson.

Another woman was also shot, but police says she is in stable condition.

She made her way to a home on Frazer where someone called 911. 

Police have not released the victim's names or how they are all connected, but did say they believe a fifth person was inside the home at the time of the shootings.  He is the person now in custody, police say.

ABC12 spoke with people who identified themselves as family of at least one of the victims and possibly even the alleged shooter.

A man who says he's their father believes one son is dead and another son is the person police have in custody.

He declined to talk to ABC12 on camera, but other family members did comment.  They spoke only about the man they believe was killed.

"We're just trying to figure out what's going on. Trying to get more information. They really haven't told us anything yet," says Angela Knight of Detroit.

Knight says her younger brother, Anthony Simpkins, is one of the three victims.

Knight says her brother lived in Flint, lived at the home on Tacken, and talked to him on the phone about a week ago.

She says he was a silly, happy person.

"Just a young, average, African American boy," Knight says. 

Knight says this isn't the first time her family has dealt with this kind of tragedy.

Knight says their mother was murdered, in Detroit, in 2005.

Even with preliminary FBI crime stats, for 2011, showing Flint is one of the most violent cities in America, a triple homicide like this is rare.

The last was in November of 2009.

Five people were inside of a van on Mackin near Chevrolet. Four were shot. Three, two women and one man, were killed.


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