SAGINAW, MI — Police have released the name of one of two people fatally wounded in separate shootings in Saginaw in the same afternoon. Meanwhile, police are looking for the shooters and dispelling rampant social media rumors.
Police have confirmed 75-year-old Phillip Terry Lipscomb was the person who died in the second of two shootings that occurred the afternoon of Thursday, June 9.
About 3:45 pm, Lipscomb picked up a person from a house located near the intersection of Marquette and Maple streets, where police believe the shooter’s intended target was, said Saginaw Police Detective Sgt. Matt Gerow.
As Lipscomb drove away from the house, gunshots rang out and he was struck, Gerow said. Lipscomb tried driving himself to a hospital, only to lose consciousness and rear-end a vehicle near the intersection of Gratiot Avenue and Stephens Street, police said.
Lipscomb was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his wounds at 5:13 pm
Prior to Lipscomb’s shooting, around 3 pm two women suffered gunshot wounds in the parking lot of B&H Market, 925 N. Bond St. One of the women, age 27, was shot while inside a vehicle and died of her wounds at the scene.
The other woman, age 23, suffered a non-life-threatening wound and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
The Michigan State Police are investigating the first shooting. Though family and friends on social media have identified the deceased victim, police say they are waiting on fingerprints to confirm her identity.
As of Friday morning, no arrests have been made in either shooting.
“Officers and detectives are feverishly working to apprehend those responsible at this time,” the Saginaw Police Department stated.
Lipscomb had just turned 75 on June 6.
In the immediate wake of the shootings, rumors spread across social media, gaining traction with speculation and hearsay.
“We are aware that there have been narratives going around social media about active shooters targeting children which is completely false,” the Saginaw Police Department stated. “It appears the victims in these incidents were the intended targets.”
The Thomas Township Public Safety Department also issued a public advisory looking to quell rumors that spread into its jurisdiction.
“False information is being spread regarding an active shooter in Thomas Township. There is no active shooter in Thomas Township nor in our neighboring communities,” the department stated. “No active threat is present to the residents. Spreading false information causes unnecessary alarm. Any threatening situations to Thomas Township residents would be communicated through the emergency notification system and posted on this Facebook page as well as the Township website.”
Lipscomb’s and the woman’s deaths are the city’s 10th and 11th homicides of the year. Of the 11, all but one involved gunfire. With the woman who survived the shooting on Thursday, the city has now had 16 nonfatal shootings so far this year. By the end of May 2021, the city had 36 nonfatal shootings; by the end of June 2021, the city recorded 43 nonfatal shootings.
Just four days prior, five people were shot in shooting that occurred at 326 S. 11th St. Of the five, three — Laura Buendia, Rafael “Rafa” Campos, and Mariano Escareño, all 24 — died of their wounds.
Last year, the city had a total of 93 nonfatal shootings and 19 homicides, of which 18 involved gunfire.
Anyone with information on either shooting is urged to call the Saginaw Major Case Unit at 989-297-8657 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-5245.
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