Shooting turns party into crime scene

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – He heard gunshots and felt a sharp pain in his leg. It was the moment a 24-year-old man realized he had been shot.

The story begins after 3 a.m. in the early Wednesday morning hours at the 1100-block of Mays Lane. The Jonesboro Police Department incident report says a party was taking place because a young man was in the military and getting ready to leave for duty.

At some point in the party, a female was approached by two young men. The girl was not interested in speaking to the men and that is when the 24-year-old victim asked the men to leave. An argument began and as the victim walked into the front yard of the house, “He then heard gunshots and felt a sharp pain in his leg.”

At the hospital, the gunshot wound the victim had just suffered penetrated his upper outer left thigh, exiting on the inside of the same leg. Another entrance wound was in the upper right thigh with no exit wound found. The officer believed a single bullet may have went through one leg and entered his other leg. It was not believed to be life-threatening.

Like a scene unfolding in a war zone, a man ran outside and grabbed the wounded gunshot victim, pulling him back into the house. While pulling him back into the home, he noticed the two men driving away in an older model white “truck,” possibly a GMC Jimmy.

The suspected shooter was described as a skinny black male, wearing a black jacket and black pants. He appeared to be 25 to 30-years-old, about 5’7″ tall and reportedly had a “northern accent,” telling those at the party he was from New York. The man he was with was described as a black male with dreadlocks down to his shoulders.

Police recovered a significant amount of evidence from the scene, including spent casings and a possible bullet slug fired from the suspect’s gun.

Police are searching for the suspect and his friend in the case. They are asking for anyone with any information about the suspect or the shooting to contact Det. Mike Branscum or to call Crimestoppers anonymously – 870-935-7867 (STOP).

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