Deadly night: 2 men shot to death, 1 killed with hammer in Flint, police say

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FLINT (WJRT) (7/10/19) - Two men were shot to death and a third was bludgeoned to death with a hammer during a deadly seven-hour stretch in Flint late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Two people were shot during a home invasion at a residence on Kent Street in Flint, leaving one dead and another with minor injuries.

Two people were shot during a home invasion a little before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Kent Street near Seymour Avenue.

Police said a 41-year-old man died at the scene and his 22-year-old girlfriend was being treated at an area hospital for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said two or three people broke in the house and stole cash. The suspects then woke up the 41-year-old man, his girlfriend and two teenagers and forced them into the living room.

While there, the suspects shot the man several times and killed him, Kaiser said. The 22-year-old girlfriend was shot in her buttocks and ankle, but she is expected to recover from her wounds.

Kaiser said several suspects knew the 41-year-old victim. They left the scene in a champagne color SUV.

"We do not have anybody in custody at this time and it remains under investigation as well," Kaiser said.

The scene was unsettling for neighbor Taryn Griffin, who woke up to find crime scene tape roping off part of her neighborhood Wednesday morning.

"Somebody comes into your house in the middle of the night, you know, your home is your resting place, where you're supposed to be at - your sanctuary," she said. "Somebody done came in and shot him and another person in the house, and now he's gone and the other person has a story to tell now. That's a lot."

Griffin moved away from the neighborhood for a while and recently returned.

"I'm shocked now that I see it's making it's way over where I live at," she said. "So, I had been gone for four years and I see not too much has changed since I've been back."

About 20 minutes later, a 19-year-old man was shot in the 2100 block of Devon Lane near Lippincott Boulevard in the Evergreen Regency Apartments complex.

Police found him with a gunshot wound to the chest inside the residence. The victim taken to Hurley Medical Center with a chest wound, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not released any suspect information in that case.

Michigan State Police were also investigating the death of a 28-year-old man in the 2800 block of Comanche Avenue in Flint. Investigators say the victim's younger brother beat him to death with a hammer.

The victim was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma. The brother has been arrested in connection with that case.

Kaiser said the victim and suspect lived together in the home. The deadly attack started with an argument, but investigators are not sure how it started.

"Unbelievable. Unbelievable. I've been doing this most of my life and things like this still surprise me," Kaiser said.

He attributed the night for violent crime to rising temperatures.

"I believe it's summertime. When the heat goes up and it gets hot, there tends to be an influx in the violence," Kaiser said.