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Recent shootings, fights in Blytheville thought to be gang related

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) – The Blytheville Police Department says several fights and shootings involving teens from Sunday night may be gang related.

Police say they responded the following list of seven reports from Blytheville residents about shots fired and fights erupting in the streets between 8:15 and 10 p.m.:

8:15 p.m.: Officers say first received a call to 1025 S. Lilly where a mother said her son had been assaulted and is believed to have occurred with a large group of teens in Williams Park. 

8:20 p.m.: A call came through for the area of Cherry and Lake Street in reference to a large group of teens fighting and a report of a gun. While several officers responded, no reports were filed.  Officers were on scene for several minutes clearing the area.

8:45 p.m.: Police were on scene at the 1200 block of east Ash Street in reference to a street fight. One person was detained, no reports were filed, and no arrests were made.

9:24 p.m.: Shots are fired near Franklin and Davis Streets. Officers arrive a few minutes later to find out 24-year-old Dontario Jones, of Osceola, had been at 117 east Kentucky. Medical staff took Jones to the Med in Memphis where he was treated and released.

9:31 p.m.: Officers are dispatched to 1217 Denny where Debra Daniels said she was shot at, but received injuries "not consistent" with a gunshot.

9:39 p.m.: Police were called back to Lake and Cherry Streets where a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds were shot. One teen was taken to the Great River Medical Center in Blytheville and was later released. The other two were taken to the Med in Memphis—one was treated and released and the other is in stable condition.

10 p.m.: The driver of a vehicle thought to be involved in the earlier shooting(s) fled from officers on foot after they found his car. 24-year-old Terrance Miller, of Blytheville, was arrested and faces DWI, fleeing and other charges. Miller's car was towed.

Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson said the acts of violence are not believed to be random "as many of the offenders and victims have known local street gang affiliations and criminal histories. We anticipate making several arrests soon."

Thompson also says that with the high call volume during those hours, other incidents received delayed responses. He also says this "was unavoidable as the more serious calls with injuries take a priority over property calls."

Brandi Hunter will have the latest details of the investigation and talk to a local group about what residents are doing to combat gang violence on Region 8 News at 6 and 10.

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