Second fatal shooting at same apartment in three months

Atherton East Apartments

For the second time in three months, a man is killed at a southside Flint apartment complex.

The killer is still on the loose.

Around 4:50 Thursday morning witnesses say someone shot a man 17-times outside the Atherton East Apartments.

While talking with someone who lives there, NBC25 also found out a man has been arrested in connection with another shooting.

When Flint police responded to the Atherton East Apartments Thursday morning for shots fired, they found a man already dead in a place just yards from where children play.

"It's not fair for them to have to be in the house. They can be out here playing," says Rozeita Thomas, a grandmother, who lives near the apartments.

Thomas says she hears gunshots nightly and would like to move out as soon as she can because she still has her 19-year-old son living with her and grandchildren who like to visit.

"Best I can tell you is to pray, get together, move on, or try to make it a better place," says Thomas.

NBC25 talked to other neighbors who didn't want to be on camera that say the problem involves people with differences and that rather than dealing with them and working through issues, they pull the trigger instead.

However, there was some positive news for Rozeita Thursday morning, the man suspected of shooting her daughter with an AK-47 last October has been captured.

"They're holding him. That's all that matters. He's caught after nine months later," says Rozeita's daughter Jennifer Beady.

The man shot Beady in the right thigh and caused damage to her internal organs.

She says she has more confidence in the police department. "It feels great. I'm happy. This has to be one of the best days of my life," says Thomas.

On April 7th this year, police say 23-year-old Diondric Merriwheather shot and killed 25-year-old Davarius Griffin at Atherton East Apartments.

Police have not released the name of Thursday's victim at this point.

Those with information on the case should call 911.

Last year, the City of Flint counted 65 homicides, the most in its history.

It had 25 killings by the end of May this year, which is on a faster pace than last year's record-breaker.