Sheriff says Marked Tree shooting “seems to be gang related”

16-year-old may be charged as an adult

MARKED TREE, Ark. – The weekend hunt for a 16-year-old wanted for shooting Terry Wofford, 18, of Marked Tree ended Monday afternoon when the suspect turned himself in.

The suspect, name not yet released, turned himself in Monday afternoon around 12:30 PM. Authorities were continuing their investigation late Monday, said Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder. He told NEA Report his department was still receiving information but early signs made it seem “to be gang related.”

Final decisions to prosecute felony cases must be made by the Second Judicial District Prosecutor, Scott Ellington, in Poinsett County. However, the referring agency can greatly influence the decision. Molder said his department hoped to charge the suspect as an adult when the investigation is completed.

At 6 PM Saturday evening, Sept. 29, a 911 call came in reporting a shooting in front of Delta Point Apartments in Marked Tree. Half-a-dozen law enforcement agencies responded to the scene. Wofford was fortunate to survive and was listed as stable in ICU over the weekend.

An arrest warrant was issued for a 16-year-old male authorities said was responsible for the shooting. Around 12:30 PM Monday afternoon, the suspect turned himself in, the Poinsett County sheriff told NEA Report.

The sheriff thanked Arkansas State Police, Trumann, Tyronza, and Lepanto police departments.

“They all helped during the investigation and helped look for him,” Molder said.

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