JONESBORO, Ark. – A startling new discovery by police in Jonesboro indicates the Independence Day shooting on West Nettleton Avenue was a retaliation to a previous shooting that day.
Jonesboro Police Department learned of an unreported shooting that they think led to the shooting of a vehicle while it was being driven in the 1900 block of West Nettleton Ave on July 4, a new press release said Monday afternoon.
During the course of the investigation of the vehicle shooting, Detective Mike Branscum learned that an unreported shooting had occurred that may have led to the shooting which was reported and prompted the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of Mario Stafford.
Police believe a vehicle occupied by juveniles had been shot at by suspect Da’quion Marke’l Box, 18, of Jonesboro. This was after the juveniles had thrown fireworks at a vehicle that was being driven by Box. Box then shot at the juvenile’s with an unknown type of firearm and struck their vehicle, police believe. That shooting was not reported to police. Police also added the vehicle Box was in was not the one he normally drives.
It is believed that Mario Stafford shot Box’s vehicle in retaliation of Box shooting at the juveniles who had thrown fireworks at him.
Box is currently in Craighead County Detention Center as of Monday afternoon, 12:30 PM. He is being held on a charge of Terroristic Act. The booking data indicates he was incarcerated at 2:30 PM on Friday afternoon.