Mango’s hookah lounge permanently closing after shooting

JONESBORO, Ark. – A fight near closing time in the parking lot of a hookah bar in Jonesboro led to a shooting that injured one.

The bar later announced they would close.

At about 1:40 AM, Friday, Jonesboro police dispatch was notified of a fight on the Mango’s Cafe parking lot. Mango’s is a local hookah bar at 2213 South Caraway Road in Jonesboro and their closing time is listed as 2 AM on their Google summary.

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When JPD officers arrived on scene, shots were still being heard. Meanwhile, more calls were made to dispatch regarding the shots.

Officers located a semiconscious male victim that had been struck as a result from the gunfire in the parking lot of Backyard Burger and began treating his wound. EMS took over his treatment and transported him to a nearby hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

No suspect has been arrested as of this publication.

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Several casings have been found on scene and CID has started their investigation.

NEA Report was live at the scene where officers were searching the entire 2000-block of Caraway.

If you have any information which could help police catch the suspect, contact Crime Stoppers at 870-935-STOP

Later in the day, Mango’s announced in a statement it would close due to JPD pulling security in April for no known reason.

For the safety of our employees and customers, I have made the decision to close Mangos effective immediately on 5/24/2019. On April 6th, The Jonesboro Police department made the decision to pull the off-duty employment of the Jonesboro Police Department (JPD) at Mangos and have not communicated to us the purpose behind that decision. I have written the below letter to gain clarity and have not heard any reply (below is a copy of my letter). As this is a huge safety risk we will not jeopardize the safety of this great community until we reach a resolution with JPD.

There is a lot of memories to be cherished! We started Mangos together and it grew to be the place most of you came to celebrate with family and friends. I am forever thankful to you for your support and business. I will keep you updated on what to come next.

A copy of the Letter sent to JPD

I am sending this letter in the hopes that you will reconsider your decision to pull the off-duty employment of the Jonesboro Police Department at Mangos on Friday and Saturday nights. I am worried that by pulling your officers from working at Mangos that the citizens of Jonesboro, as well as the employees of Mangos, will be at a greater risk of something terrible happening that could have been prevented by just the presence of your officers. The safety of Mangos customers is my top priority and I implore you to reconsider your decision until a final decision is made from the ABC.

Ahab S. Alammar | President

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