Flint Breaks 1986 Record With 62nd Homicide 12-13-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Flint Breaks 1986 Record With 62nd Homicide 12-13-2010

Flint may have surpassed its homicide record from 24 years ago.
TV5 has unconfirmed reports that officers are on the scene of the city’s 62nd shooting death.
Flint reached its 61st homicide of the year on Sunday, tying the city’s record from 1986.
Flint Mayor Dayne Walling held a news conference on Monday morning urging residents to be more vigilant about reporting crimes.
“We have reached a tragic milestone, surpassing the homicide record established in 1986,”said Walling. “I cannot explain why a person chooses to take another person’s life. What we are coming to understand is when jobs move out, drugs move in. When you combine drugs and desperation you get crime and violence.”
The Flint Journal reported that a man’s body was found inside a parked car at Donald and Harriet streets.
Authorities do not suspect the shooting was a suicide.
On Sunday, a triple shooting was reported around 7:30 p.m. on the city’s north side.
Media outlets are reporting 38-year-old Timothy Charles Baker was killed, a 19-year-old man was paralyzed and a third person was hurt.
Police said they have three people in custody in connection to that shooting.
Walling is asking for the community’s cooperation in helping get those responsible for crimes in the community off the streets.
“For every crime that is committed, someone knows who is responsible," said Walling. "I appeal to residents to continue to be vigilant about reporting crimes and providing police with information that will get these criminals off the streets.”
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