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92-year-old man is Flint's latest homicide victim of 2012

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(10/31/12) - 92-year-old Iris Gardner, shot at his home Tuesday, has died. 

Police say it appears he had stopped there quick while running an errand, someone knocked on his side door and Gardner was shot once when he went to answer it.

His shooting happened about 2:15 p.m. in the 3900 block of Race Street. That's in between Sonny and Myrtle on Flint's north side.

Gardner's family says his goddaughter was inside of the home and found him injured.

He underwent surgery and later died at the hospital.

"We thought he was going to pull through," says Gardner's niece Patricia Moses.  "We really did and then the news that we got? We really were shocked."

Moses says Gardner was a World War II veteran and had lived in his north side home for more than 30 years. He'd never had a problem there, she says, until Tuesday.

"It almost draws tears to my eyes," says Neighbor Mattie McDaniel. "The Lord blessed you for 92 years and for somebody to just have no compassion for life?"

"It's praying time," she says.

Neighbors say they often saw the man walking around the neighborhood. His family says he walked two to three miles a day. 

"He'd say walking kept him off medication," says Moses.  "And he'd always remind you he was 92!"

Moses says he preferred to run his errands during the day, opting to say inside at night to try and avoid trouble.

"We're so sad about it. The whole neighborhood is," says John McDaniel, Mattie's husband.  "You have to understand there's a lot of drug problems in the area. We got a whole lot of people not caring."

John says he is concerned. He says he has a handgun.

"I'd use it if I had to, but I don't want to. I hope it never happens, but if it comes to a situation where I have to use it, I will use it," he says.

Gardner is now Flint's latest and oldest homicide victim of 2012.

"We're pleading with the public, that if you have any information, any clue, that you just get in touch with the police department," Moses says. "That this person can be brought to justice for this senseless crime."

Flint has now seen 59 homicides this year. 2010 had the highest homicide count on record at 66.

The elderly man's shooting was the first of two incidents within two hours of each other Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called to a home in the 1600 block of Broad Court, on the city's south side, about 4 p.m. Three men had been shot.

They have been identified as 26-year-old Blakeley Williams, Avontez Boone, who turned 20 Wednesday, and 19-year-old Nigel Melton.

At last check, Melton remains in critical condition and the two others had been upgraded and are expected to survive.

Police tell ABC12, there was a disturbance at the home early Tuesday morning. Police responded, but there was no cause for any arrests. 

The three men were shot less than 12 hours later.  Police have one person in custody and believe another man, not yet in custody, is also involved.

To report information about the Broad Court shootings, please contact Flint Police D/Sgt. Jason Cate at 810-237-6940.

To report information about Gardner's murder, please contact Michigan State Police D/Tpr. Robert Dunham at 810-237-6915.

You can also call  Flint Area CrimeStoppers at 800-422-JAIL.

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