Murder suspect remained active on Facebook after hotel shooting

Suspect Still Wanted; Considered Armed and Dangerous

JONESBORO, Ark. – For at least two days following the New Years shooting at Haven Hotel in Jonesboro, the suspect wanted on a felony warrant for murder remained active on social media.

Laquinton Lauderdale’s last public post was on Friday, January 3 at 2:00 AM. He asked who was awake. This was almost 48 hours after the shooting at Haven Hotel, formerly the Holiday In Holidome on Caraway Road in Jonesboro. Tiquan Wilson was shot multiple times. He was in critical condition and placed on life support. JPD announced he had died Friday afternoon.

Since that announcement, Lauderdale has been silent – at least, publicly.

But between the shooting and the announcement of it being fatal, Lauderdale had a lot to say. At 9:26 PM on January 2, he posted:


There were several posts and shares that included others. None mentioned the shooting incident specifically. One post suggested the night of the shooting, in which Lauderdale is thought to have been wounded in the hand, was a long night.


Several hours later, Lauderdale posted that he was thinking of going out again but might say he has to work. He seemed to find humor in the situation.


A post made several minutes after midnight on New Year’s wished everyone a happy new year. This appears to have been before the conflict escalated at the hotel.

On New Year’s Eve, in the hours leading up to the incident, Lauderdale posted a status update related to an unspecific animus. It suggested people had threatened to take him out but that he was “still here.”


He also shared a quote from someone else which seemed relevant, considering events later that evening.

“Don’t Shoot Dat Gun Tonight When You Ain’t Shoot Back At Them Niggas 🤣🤣😭😭🤦🏽‍♂️” to which he said, “🤣😂😂🗣 this the one”

Lauderdale is a former eviscerator at Butterball, according to his profile. His town of residence is listed as Memphis but he’s shown in a number of photos in Jonesboro.

This photo appears to have been taken at the Race Street Market:


The Jonesboro Police Department is looking for Lauderdale. A felony warrant has been signed by a judge for murder. A substantial cash reward is being offered for information that leads to his arrest. If you can help authorities, even if you wish to remain anonymous, contact JPD on Facebook here or at 870-935-5657.


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