Violent weekend leaves one person dead in Saginaw - WNEM TV 5

Violent weekend leaves one person dead in Saginaw

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A violent weekend has left one person dead in Saginaw and another man injured.

Now it seems police are stepping up their presence in the community. TV5's Gino Vicci is at the Birch Park apartments and said there are at least four police cars near the complex.

This all stems from a double shooting happened at the Birch Park apartment complex just after 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Authorities said the shootings were in response to several fights at the complex.

Police said they found 19-year-old Darius Gates shot in the neck and pronounced him dead at the scene. A 21-year-old was also shot, and authorities said he is expected to be OK.

The weekend violence began on Saturday near North Fourth and Tuscola streets around noon when several fights broke out at the complex.

That's when a man was shot in the leg. That victim was actually a pallbearer at a funeral earlier this month for Ronnie Clemons, who was shot and killed on September 12th.

"I just had a bad feeling something was going to happen, I asked him, 'Darious please, go back to the crosses,'" said friend of the victim, Amber Morris. "Not even five minutes after that, shooting just rang out, it's gotta stop."

This is the deadliest year in Saginaw since 2006, when there were 25 homicides. So far this year we already have 22 homicides, which means the city is on pace to eclipse those 2006 numbers.

If you have any information on these or any other shootings, call Crimestoppers at 800-422-5245.

Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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