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Crime increases in Saginaw

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(07/24/12) - Saginaw is dealing with a spike in violent crime.

In all of last year, there were 12 homicides. This year so far, there are 12 homicides on the books.

Just this morning, a shooting on Essling left four people with gunshot wounds. Police are still searching for the shooter.

Three women and one man are recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

Detectives say a man who was riding on the passengers side in what is being described as a white or silver mid-sized car started shooting and got away in the car.

"This violence needs to stop. This violence needs to stop. It doesn't make any sense at all," said Sandra Parker.

Parker, who has lived on Essling street for the past three years, was asleep when someone started shooting a few blocks away from her home.

"My daughter woke me up next door. She woke me up and she says 'mom, they shooting.' I got up and I came outside and I seen the police and stuff out here," Parker explained.

Detectives say the people who were shot were attending a birthday party in the 1100 block Tuesday morning.

The car was coming Northbound off Norman when a male in the passengers side started shooting into the crowd. Some neighbors are calling this act a senseless crime.

"I mean I got grand kids that live next door so it doesn't make sense and they got a lot of other kids around here. Why are they shooting each other. What's the purpose. What's the purpose," Parker said.

Detective Argent Brent Vanderhaar with the Saginaw Police department is still searching for leads in this case. Investigators aren't sure if this shooting is linked to the deadly shootings in Saginaw over the weekend that left three people dead.

We're still trying to tie them together. The state police are assisting us, along with the county sheriff's department assisting us with detectives, with man power, due to the increase in numbers that have been showing up in the last couple of months," Vanderhaar stated.

A new major crimes task force that includes Saginaw police, the sheriff's department and state police has been formed to help with these latest cases.

If you have any information, contact the Saginaw Police Department.

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