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Police stepping up patrols in response to string of homicides

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

State Police Lt. David Kaiser is tired of all the gun violence.

"It just sickens me," Kaiser said.

The latest victims were a one-year-old boy, and a 71-year-old woman, killed in Flint early this morning.

Over the last seven days, there have been eight homicides in the Vehicle City. In response, state police are stepping up patrols.

Kaiser said the tactic has a history of success, with the last time being from late May through June.

"For a period of six weeks we did not have a homicide. Things were quiet," Kaiser said.

General Jasper Tyler, the father of the young boy who died Monday morning, supported increased police efforts in his neighborhood.

"People would know and feel safe. We have a lot of elderly retired people that still live here. And they live in these homes around here and they're scared to death," Tyler said.

Authorities said they don't know why there is a sudden uptick in shootings lately. But Tyler thinks these violent actions are tied to one thing: drugs.

"We got to get jobs for these drug dealers and training. And get this prison mentality out of their mind. Go back to school. Get an education. Work like the rest of us work," Tyler said.

Kaiser said his department will identify hot spots in the city and plans to saturate those areas with more patrols, determined to curb the violence and save lives in the process.

"Now instead of communicating people are choosing to use a gun. If that's their answer we're going to hold them accountable," Kaiser said. "We're going to utilize all our resources and bring them to justice."

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