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Flint shooting death ties record set in 2010

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(12/31/12) - Flint police are investigating the city's latest murder.

A man was shot and killed Sunday afternoon, tying the record for the most homicides. The record of 66 was set back in 2010.

It happened near the corner of Milbourne and Myrtle, just west of Max Brandon Park, on the northwest side of Flint.

Detectives say a man, identified as 26-year-old- Gerrell Tyler, was discovered shot and killed in the driver's seat of a vehicle on Sunday evening. Flint police aren't releasing more than that information.

Flint Police Chief Alvern Lock says we as a community must together to say enough is enough. He's very concerned about the city reaching this mark.

"If one person dies, I think we should be concerned, not only 66," he said.

Even with extra resources from the state police and other programs, Chief Lock says a key element is missing.

"I think the community and the public safety needs to get together, something I've been saying all along, and until public safety and the community come together we will continue to have problems," he said.

Neighbors on Milbourne are fed up with the city's violence. They're hoping with a New Year right around the corner, better things will happen.

Quentin Miller has lived on the block for more than 30 years. He says it's time for the people to take back their community and teach the youth there's better ways to solve problems, other than with violence.

"I've been living over here since '75. It used to be great, now it's like you can't be safe in your home, we had a shooting earlier this summer," he said. "I hate to see Flint on the map as the murder capital of the world, or third or fourth, but we're just going to have to pray for people in the neighborhoods."

Miller was home at the time police surrounded the corner of Milbourne and Myrtle, but didn't know until later why the roads were blocked off.

He believes young people turn to violence because there's very little job opportunity and lack of respect for other people.

"These kids, these days, it starts at home, they don't have respect for anyone, when you don't have respect, and no God in your life, then you're just living a life of Babylon out here, so I hope this upcoming year gets better. It's going to take the community to say we've had enough of this stuff," he said. "Learn how to be a man, talk to each other, it's not fighting, or shooting, or killing someone, learn how to be disagreeable but agreeable."

Chief Lock and Miller share the same sentiment.

"We need people to say something is going on in their community, let us know what's going on so we can prevent and try to stop from this happening," Lock said.

"It's not about the police, if you had 10K police on the street, it may make a little difference, but it has to be the neighborhood, people are going to have to come together, and pray with one another and start treating each other respect," Miller said.

Detectives are awaiting the medical examiner's report before releasing the identify of the victim.

There are no suspects in the case.

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