20 year old leasing agent taken off life support, baby survives
GRAND BLANC, MI (WNEM) –
A woman was killed and another woman has now been taken off life support after doctors had to perform an emergency c-section following a double shooting in Grand Blanc.
Tape cordoned off the leasing office at Grand Oak Apartments in Grand Blanc. Residents looked on as the crime lab was busy collecting evidence, shocked their peace was shattered by gun violence Tuesday afternoon.
“This is devastating to everybody, because we love and support each other, and watch out for each other. When it effects one it affects us all,” resident Paulette said.
Grand Blanc Police said Jacquelyne Tyson, 54, of Grand Blanc opened fire at the complex about 3:30 p.m., striking two women. Tamara Johnson, 45, of Mt. Morris was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at the hospital.
Lyric Work, 20, of Grand Blanc, who was pregnant at the time of the shooting. Doctors performed an emergency c-section on Work when she arrived at the hospital. The baby girl was delivered seven weeks early. Doctors report the infant is stable at this time and is expected to be OK.
“When she got to the hospital they were able to do an emergency c-section birth and she did give birth to a healthy baby so we’re thankful for that,” Police Chief Brian Lipe said.
Baby Marley was born at 4 pounds and 11 ounces. She is in stable condition.
A family friend tells TV5 that Work was taken off life support on Saturday and was taken to Ann Arbor to have her organs donated.
“What keeps me stable and keeps me strong is Marley. And I’m going to stay strong for her and be the best dad I can be for her,” Kyle Kindt, Work’s boyfriend said. “I have a part of [Work] forever that I can carry on and make the best of, and that’s what I plan on doing is making the best of it and being the best I can be.”
Kindt said he and Work are high school sweethearts. They fell in love at Grand Blanc High School and graduated in 2014.
“I hope no one ever has to be in my shoes or even imagine what it’s like because the thoughts I’m thinking right now are unbearable,” Kindt said.
Both women were leasing agents at Grand Oak Apartments.
Tyson was taken into custody. She was charged with first-degree premeditated murder, one count of assault with intent to murder and twos counts of felony firearms. Prosecutors said now that a second victim has died, those charges will be amended.
At this time, police do not have a motive.
“There was that relationship there. We don’t know how much that plays into what happened yesterday,” Lipe said.
“For this type of activity or incident to happen here in Grand Blanc is highly unusual. It’s very sad when it does occur,” Lipe said.
Lipe, who was the chief in Saginaw, said this is the first shooting he’s had to investigate since taking the chief’s position in Grand Blanc nearly two years ago.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to them,” Lipe said.
Police believe the incident was isolated and said residents should not be worried about their safety.
Sheri Helms has lived at the apartment complex for nearly 12 years. She and many other residents are horrified at the incident.
“Tammy was a very, very good woman. She bent over backwards helping people, worked with you. I’ve had quite a few times and talk to her about stuff and she’s a really good person. I’m gonna miss her,” Helms said.
Another resident, Joy Armour, said Johnson also had an impact on her family.
“Two weeks ago we had a community cookout and I have a special needs son. And he’s shy to come out of the apartment, but she got him to come out and to come get some hot dogs. She had such a big heart,” Armour said.
Helms said they live in a tight knit community and they are leaning on each other as they mourn the tragedy.
“We have good, good cops out here that protect us and we’re all gonna be OK. We’ll get through it together,” she said.
More than 150 people showed up to a vigil in the victims’ honor Wednesday night.