Police: Double shooting suspect apprehended in wooded area

By Josh Harvison - bio | email

PARKIN, AR (KAIT) - Officials with the Parkin Police Department told Region 8 News Monday a man shot his brother and another man before leaving the scenes in a Grey Chrysler Shadow. According to Chief Dean Davidson, Robert Paul Bailey shot his brother, Lewis Edward Bailey, with a .308 automatic rifle in the leg. As police arrived on the scene, the suspect went to 130 Highway 75 south and shot Clint Chisem 6 times at point blank range.

Davidson said police apprehended the suspect in a heavily wooded area along Highway 814 5 miles outside Parkin. The suspect has been transported to the Cross County Jail pending his bond hearing.

Lewis was sent to St. Bernard's and is in stable condition. Chisem was transported to the Med in Memphis, where he is said to be in serious but stable condition.

"We got him out of the window and dragged him to my back porch and then I immediately called 911. I walked out the front door, my uncle Paul was leaving, and I tried to stop him but he wouldn't leave," said Vickie Hall, niece of the Bailey's.

Hall said she was on the computer when she heard gun shots come from next door. She told Region 8 News her husband went outside with a gun when he saw the victim.

"Never, never did we expect anything like that in our family to happen, never, not even in this neighborhood actually," said Hall.

"We found 12 casings I believe and we actually have got other good evidence that can link the weapon to both scenes," said Davidson.

According to police, the suspect has a long criminal record.

"He has a lengthy criminal history but this is the first violent offense on his criminal record," said Davidson.

"Mainly DUI and petty theft here and there and stuff like that, nothing major like this at all," said Hall.

"I wish he would turn himself in and don't do any harm to anyone else or himself because we do love him and we forgive him, we just need him to come back and explain why this all happened," said Hall.

Police said Bailey was believed to have been under the influence of methamphetamine. He was considered armed and dangerous.

"We're 100 percent sure that Robert Paul Bailey is behind this incident," said Davidson.

According to Davidson, Bailey faces two counts of Battery in the First Degree, Felony in Possession of a Firearm and felony narcotic charges.

Davidson said 12 shell casings were discovered at the residence of Chisem, where Bailey allegedly shot Chisem six times. Police have not mentioned a motive at the time. The evidence will be taken to the state crime lab in Little Rock for further investigation.

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