Two dead from gunshot wounds in Jonesboro

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

JONESBORO, Ark. – Two people are dead from gunshot sounds near the intersect of Jessup and North Church Street in Jonesboro, according to Sgt. Lyle Waterworth with Jonesboro Police Department.

JPD responded to the scene a short time after 9 AM, a press release said. Once on the scene at the area north of Kum & Go on North Church Street in Jonesboro, two people were found dead from gunshot wounds.

Brandon Bobbitt is a resident who lived nearby and told NEA Report the shooting was at “Johnny Cook’s Race Shop.” He said there were “two people that live there in that camper.” The resident said a male and female were staying in the camper.

He sent these photos as well.

Preliminary evidence on scene lead the investigators to believe that this is a murder suicide. More information will be available upon completion of the examination by the state crime lab. We will investigate all leads and follow the evidence to bring closure to this case. – Afternoon update from JPD

An infant was located unharmed in the residence and was taken out of the residence and turned over to a family member and then the officer returned to check the adults.

The female Terry Hardcastle 39, of Jonesboro and the male Johnny Cook, 50, of Jonesboro where both pronounced dead at the scene.  The two had resided at the address together for a period of time.

Preliminary investigations leads the investigator to believe Cook shot her before turning the weapon on himself.  More information will be available upon completion of the examination by the state crime lab.

We will investigate all leads and follow the evidence to bring closure to this case – JPD

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