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Charges Brought Against Detroit Man in Flint Triple Homicide

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A Detroit man has been charged by Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton in connection with a triple homicide in Flint that occurred Wednesday morning.

According to WNEM, 20-year-old James Paul Simpkins is charged with three counts of open murder, one count of assault and one count of felony firearm.

The shooting took place around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in a home on Tacken Street near Court Street.

Authorities say Simpkins was at the house with two men, one of whom they believe to be his brother, and two women. Police say the group had been drinking and getting high before an argument started and Simpkins pulled out a gun and shot the others.

A Detroit woman survived after being shot twice in the groin, pistol whipped and strangled. She fled the house through a window and went to a neighboring house for help.

Simpkins initially fled the scene and contacted police saying he had been assaulted. As police arrived at the scene, Simpkins walked towards them and was arrested.

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