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Teen killed in shooting identified, three others hurt

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Michigan State Police have identified the man killed in a shooting in the city of Flint that left three others hurt. 

It happened just before 9 a.m. on May 4 in the 600 block of Copeman, near Dupont Street. 

When officers arrived on the scene they found 18-year-old Theodore Samuel Sharp III suffering from gunshot wounds, according to MSP Lt. David Kaiser.

Sharp was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three other victims were also found at the location.

Two men in their 20s and one woman in her 20s were all taken to Hurley Medical Center for gunshot wounds.

At last check one of the men was listed in serious condition, the other two victims were listed in good condition.

One suspect was taken into custody. Police have not said what, if any charges the suspect is facing. It is also unclear if they are looking for other suspects.

Police had a large area taped off as they investigated around a red van and the yard in front of a home. 

K-9 officers were also called to the scene, which encompasses around five or six intersections.

One resident said they heard several gunshots, a pause, and then another round of gunfire.

The case is still under investigation. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-JAIL or Det. Stacey Moore at 810-237-6938.

"This is one of the deadliest areas in the community," said Norris Toney, resident.

Toney lives near Hurley Medical Center. He said he was woken up by a round of gunshots. The shots stopped for a second, but then another half dozen or so followed, he said.

"I was just hoping that no one in my neighborhood had got shot," Toney said.

Toney said incidents like this are all too familiar.

"At the drive thru dollar store right on the corner of Welch and Chevrolet, three people were killed there. A restaurant right down on the same side a person was killed. It used to be a dollar store, a person was killed. I'm just talking one block," Toney said.

He rattled off several dozen incidents from memory.

"You hear gunshots in the area all the time. You just hope it's no one you know that's been shot or killed," Toney said.

A violent week in Flint

The shooting happens the day after a water distribution site in Flint went on lock down because of a nearby shooting.

It happened about noon Wednesday in the area of W. Court Street and Mann Avenue in Flint.

Police said four to six teenagers were in the area shooting at each other.

Residents said it wasn’t the first time they have heard gunshots in the neighborhood.

Central Dispatch received a call for shots fired in the area, houses and cars were hit, but no one was injured.

Keywords aren't necessarily on the minds of people placing emergency calls, but they are key to the work involved in getting emergency responders to active scenes.

"And when we receive the 911 call they basically are looking for the first key words that somebody is telling us. Telling us what the problem is or what do they need or what are they seeing," said Tim Jones, Genesee County 911 deputy director.

Jones said a computer system uses keywords to help prioritize the level of each call.

"One usually means that there's potential life-threatening injuries going on. A priority two, it could still be a serious call but the threat level or the crisis might not have that same elevation," Jones said.

A priority three could be something like a report of an incident, but with perhaps an active suspect.

After Wednesday's shooting neighbors said they have concerns about slow police response times in the past. TV5 reached out to the Flint police for their reaction, but have not heard back.

After the 911 calls comes in, dispatchers sent the information to the first responders in the town or city where it is taking place.

Last month, dispatchers at the Genesee County center took more than 35,000 calls.

"Getting calls for shots fired into homes or into cars or shots fired into an area, that will have a priority of level one," Jones said.

However, once dispatchers learn no one has been injured, the same call could get knocked down to level two.

Read more about the shooting here

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