3-year-old shot, killed in Flint puts spotlight on gun safety - WNEM TV 5

3-year-old shot, killed in Flint puts spotlight on gun safety

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Authorities are putting the spotlight on gun safety after another child became the victim of violence in Flint.  

Flint Police held a press conference Thursday to give updates on their ongoing investigating into the death of 3-year-old Landon Speirs. 

The shooting happened on Friday, Oct. 13 along Carpenter Road and Dort Highway.

Police said the young boy was in the car with his mother and twin sister.

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Landon's stepfather was driving. He said when he stopped at the store for a pack of cigarettes he encountered a man he had problems with in the past. He said they exchanged words, but then both men left the store. When Landon's family went to pull away, the man started shooting. 

The suspect, Veondra Bartee, was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 14 and later charged with Speirs’ death.

"You know, this revenge thing on the streets and it cost an innocent child," Flint Police Sgt. Alfino Donastorg said.

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Police said it was "awesome" detective work that led to the quick arrest. When officers arrived at the scene of the shooting, the only evidence left behind was broken glass, police said.

"All we had to go on was a nickname because that's all this guy was known for, as a nickname," Donastorg said.

Through interviews and several tips, police were able to track down the suspect at an address in the 2700 block of Richcrest, officials said. 

Officers set up tactical surveillance and a search warrant was issued for the home. Police arrested Bartee without incident, they said. 

"In this particular case, every little bit that we got in the beginning helped us to connect the dots and lead to a bigger piece and that in the end led to an arrest," Flint Police Det. Tyrone Booth said.

Booth said saying something can often get a bad guy off the streets.

"People being willing to give us information always helps. So we encourage participation and we appreciate, and we're asking for it," Booth said.

Booth said unfortunate incidents like this happen too often and the Flint Police Department is doing all it can to put an end to that senseless violence.

"Our response will always be the same. There will be an investigation. We will work as many hours as it takes and we'll utilize every resource available to us," Booth said.

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