Recent shootings, fights in Blytheville thought to be gang related

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) – The Blytheville Police Department saysseveral fights and shootings involving teens from Sunday night may be gangrelated.

Police say they responded the following list of seven reportsfrom Blytheville residents about shots fired and fights erupting in the streetsbetween 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 haveoccurred with a large group of teens in Williams Park.

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

8:45 p.m.: Police were on scene at the 1200 block of eastAsh Street in reference to a street fight. One person was detained, no reportswere 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, ofOsceola, had been at 117 east Kentucky. Medical staff took Jones to the Med inMemphis where he was treated and released.

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

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

10 p.m.: The driver of a vehicle thought to be involved inthe 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, fleeingand other charges. Miller's car was towed.

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

Thompson also says that with the high call volume duringthose hours, other incidents received delayed responses. He also says this "wasunavoidable as the more serious calls with injuries take a priority overproperty calls."

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

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