Suspect confronted victim at barbershop over previous incident, affidavit says

JONESBORO, Ark. – Since the arrest Tuesday night of Markus Gentry, 29, of Blytheville, more details have become known from police through the release of public documents.

Gentry is facing charges including first degree murder and possession of firearms by certain persons for his role in the fatal shooting of Lewis C. Gamble, 35, of Jonesboro. Gamble was shot at around 1:30 PM on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, at Big Unk’s Barbershop, 1120 West Huntington Avenue.

The probable cause affidavit says the victim many affectionately called “CC” had multiple gunshot wounds. Gamble was critically injured and taken to St. Bernard’s Medical Center. Medical personnel struggled to save his life and ultimately, could not. Gamble died in surgery, a source told NEA Report. Police were called to the hospital to calm down family in what one described as a chaotic scene.

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Police believe Gentry came to the barbershop to confront Gamble about a previous incident. That led to Gentry shooting Gamble, the affidavit asserts. He then fled the scene in a silver passenger car.

Gentry was arrested at about 8:30 PM Tuesday evening at a family member’s residence in South Jonesboro.

Gentry was strapped into his chair in the probable cause hearing Tuesday afternoon when taken before Judge David Boling, reported Alexis Padilla for Northeast Arkansas News. He was extremely uncooperative with police and prosecutors, refusing to sign his first appearance papers. Police described him as a self-admitted gang member with ties to Houston, Texas including multiple outstanding warrants there. He also was noted with prior felony convictions in Mississippi County. Police said he had a high probability of committing additional criminal acts if released from custody. Prosecutors were granted their full request for the substantial bond.

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A $5 million bond was set by the judge.

Gentry faces up to life in prison for his alleged crimes.

No other arrests were expected in the case, police said Monday. The investigation will continue to find with certainty that no others were involved.

To read more information about this incident, click here to see the initial story. 

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