As a preface let me just say that as of yesterday, Little Rock, AR has 39 murders thus far, and 9 in North Little Rock (Geographically the distinction is moot, it is only a legal one) for a grand total of 48 murdrers in this little "Big City" of 150,000 people. (Seattle for instance has a population of roughly 650,000 people, and they have 22 murders thus far this year)
This shooting happened 1 block from where I work. I can see the building from my office.
Shooter at business in LR is wounded by owner, police say
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE Monday, July 31, 2006
A North Little Rock man was in stable condition Monday evening after a downtown Little Rock business owner shot him, police said.
About 4:35 p.m., Albert Johnson, 49, entered through the rear door of the R.B. Causey Co. building at 1205 W. Sixth St. and “just started shooting,” police spokesman Lt. Terry Hastings said.
After one round was fired, Blanchard Causey, the owner of the business, returned fire, shooting at Johnson four times and hitting him twice — once in the shoulder and once in the upper arm, Hastings said.
Johnson fired back but didn’t hit the owner or either of the two employees in the building at the time, Hastings said.
Johnson was taken to St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center with injuries that weren’t life threatening and he would likely be charged later, Hastings said.
No one had any idea why Johnson would have entered the building and begun shooting, Hastings said.
The Causey company is an unusual site for a robbery because little cash is kept on hand there, Hastings said.
The business sells court-reporting and other data-processing equipment.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICK McFARLAND
BTW- The 39th murder victim was found 1.3 miles from my house. I drove the distance today in my truck. And no, I don't live in a "bad neighborhood", although I would argue that there is no such distinction.
Man’s body found near damaged, bloody car left along I-430
BY JASON WIEST ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
The bloody interior of a severely damaged car found abandoned along Interstate 430 near the Rodney Parham exit Monday morning in Little Rock led to the afternoon discovery of a body less than a quarter of a mile away, the Arkansas State Police reported.
The State Police are investigating the death as a homicide.
The body of 27-year-old Heriberto Perez — found facedown in a culvert with severe head trauma — was lying on the east side of the road, about 100 yards south of the Markham Street overpass, according to Lt. Henry Lamar, a spokesman for the state police.
The body was discovered about 1:30 p.m. — nearly five hours after police checked out a civilian call about an abandoned Nissan Altima on the shoulder of the interstate’s northbound lanes, he said. He would not comment on the condition of the body.
Police didn’t know how long the car had been there, but witnesses reported seeing someone near the car about 5 a.m., Lamar said.
Perez, who is from Bryant, borrowed the car from a friend, but police on Monday had not released the name of the owner, who is not a suspect, Lamar said.
Police had no suspects but were still following leads late Monday night, he said.
The car was taken to state police headquarters in southwest Little Rock for further investigation, Lamar said.
Perez was at Legends Sports Bar at 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road until about 3:30 a.m. Monday, when he left, Lamar said.
If ruled a homicide, it technically would be Little Rock’s 39th slaying since the beginning of the year.
However, since it is being investigated by the state police, that agency will report it to the FBI.
Little Rock police have investigated 38 homicides so far this year.
So, when are you guys coming to visit?