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2 deadly shootings traced back to thefts from Bay County gun store

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(07/25/12) - Ten people were shot in the last five days in Saginaw, and the shootings have some people asking - where are the guns coming from?

We might have part of the answer.

Just Wednesday morning, there were two more shootings, on Webster and Mackinaw Street. One man was shot in the chest and is in critical condition. Another man was grazed by a bullet. No one has been arrested.

So where are the shooters getting the guns?

The answer, in some cases, seems to lead back to a Bay County gun store.

We first brought you this story in May, and new information was released this week during testimony in a Saginaw County murder case. It now appears that at least two shooting deaths have been traced back to the guns stolen from Bay County.

Kevin Williams was the first witness in the preliminary hearing for Quintel West, who is accused of shooting and killing 36-year-old Michael Kuhlman on May 30. Williams owns Williams Gun Shop in Auburn.

"This is ATF's form, it's an inventory theft loss form that we had to fill out when we discovered the firearms were missing," Williams said.

Williams testified his finance's son had taken a number of guns out of the store over a three or four month period. The 19-year-old has not been arrested yet. Williams was asked if he knew if any of the guns have been recovered.

"I'm not sure. No one has contacted me as far as any numbers, as far as have been recovered, I know there have been a few that they are researching," Williams said.

One gun that is being researched is a handgun investigators are holding as evidence in Kuhlman's death. It is one of the weapons missing from Williams Gun Shop.

Another one appears to be connected to an earlier shooting. In April, 21-year-old Amber Desander's body was found in a car in the parking lot of a Saginaw County hotel. She also died from a gunshot wound.

Investigators are still waiting for lab results to make an official ruling on whether Desander took her own life, was the victim of foul play, or if it was an accident. Police say the gun found at the scene was also reported missing from Williams Gun Shop.

We have also learned other guns from Williams have been recovered in the city of Saginaw, guns that had been used in shooting incidents.

It's possible several dozens guns are missing from the store.

A spokesperson with Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives says the investigation into the missing guns continues.

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