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Police detail Saturday shooting death in Flint, seek witnesses


(01/13/14) - Flint Police are, again, pleading with the public to help solve a crime - the city's first shooting homicide of 2014.

Monday afternoon, officers detailed the crime, a brazen, nearly three mile chase and shooting early Saturday morning.

"Somebody saw something," said Flint Police Chief James Tolbert. "Somebody knows something."

Investigators stressed the shooting was not a random act, rather a bold pursuit while shots were fired for nearly three miles.
Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Bryce Willoughby, the officer assigned to the case, said it started with a verbal and then physical altercation outside of the Z Club located in the 2500 block of South Dort Highway.

Tolbert said more than 200 people were at the Z Club and that someone had to have witnessed the fight.

Officers were called to the area around 1:20 Saturday morning.

Nearly 20 minutes later, a white, Saturn Vue arrived at Hurley Medical Center with several people inside and at least two injured - 21-year-old Dericko Carter, who died, and another person still seriously injured, but expected to be OK.

Willoughby believes more than one person was in the car chasing the victims in their Saturn.

"We believe it was a dark, (Pontiac) Grand Prix style sedan," he said.

Willoughby said the chase started northbound on Dort Highway, continued westbound on Davison Road and ended near Hurley Medical Center.

"(The) full indication is the shooting occurred along the whole route," said Flint Police Captain Collin Birnie. "The last shots fired were directly in front of Hurley, observed by the officer in the lot at the time."

An ambulance, on an unrelated call, was struck along the way, according to Tolbert - about halfway from the club to the hospital.  

No one was injured.

"This type of behavior is not going to be tolerated," Tolbert said.

Please call Willoughby, at the Flint Police Department, at 810-237-6934 if you saw something. You can also call the department's main number, 810-237-6800, or the detective bureau at 810-237-6900.

Flint Police confirm Carter's mother, 35-year-old Jalila Carter-Gooch, was one of three people murdered during a triple homicide, in Flint,  in 2009. 

Carter-Gooch, Quintina Smith and Darryl Richard Jr. were shot and killed sitting inside of a van in the 2000 block of Mackin near Chevrolet on the city's northside. A fourth person, another man, was also shot, but survived. No arrests have been made in that case.

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