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James Simpkins II charged in quadruple shooting, triple murder

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(07/19/12) - James Simpkins II, of Detroit, has been charged in Wednesday morning's quadruple shooting, in Flint, that ended with three dead.  One of the victims is his own brother.

Family members, at the scene Wednesday, identified him as Anthony Simpkins.

Simpkins II is accused of murdering his brother, two others and injuring another after an argument fueled by a night of drinking and drugs.

The four were shot inside of a home on Tacken near Court, on the city's west side about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Charges were issued late Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutor David Leyton says one of the victims was teasing and taunting Simpkins II, calling him crazy, and he responded by shooting them all.

The one surviving victim was shot twice, but Leyton says Simpkins didn't stop there.

"He hit her over the head with the gun, he hit her across the face with a bottle and then he attempted to strangle her.  We believe he thought she was dead," Leyton says.

She wasn't.

Leyton says Simpkins II then left the home on Tacken. 

The sole surviving victim did too.  Police says she escaped out of a window and made it to a neighbor's home for help.

As officers were investigating, Simpkins himself called 911.

"He tried to pass off a story of something else that had happened," Leyton said.

Leyton says he claimed he had been assaulted and that his brother and another were dead.

Simpkins now faces three counts of open murder, one count of assault with intent to murder and one count of felony firearm.

"I don't believe there's any number of police officers you could have stationed outside of this house that could have prevented this type of a crime.  This individual just went off and opened fire," Leyton said.

Leyton says all five of the people involved are from Detroit.

One had recently moved to Flint and the rest were visiting, he says.

Two men and one woman were killed.

The surviving victim and the other woman were sisters, Leyton says.

Family members are in the process of identifying some of the victims.

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