JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – There is an update to the condition of at least one person injured in Saturday's shootings.
Police tell Region 8 News Brayam Davila, age 10, was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is at home. The child had been shot in the upper thigh.
On Sunday police released the names of those killed and injured in Saturday afternoon's shootings. Police also identified the suspect and gave some insight into what exactly happened that killed four people and injured four others in three separate locations.
Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates identified the suspect as Porfirio Hernandez, age 40. Hernandez's body was found in a vehicle on County Road 664 east of Jonesboro several hours after the initial shooting. Yates said Hernandez committed suicide with the same weapon used in the earlier shootings. Hernandez was released from a mental hospital, possibly in the past week. Yates said they were working to determine which institution he was in.
In a Sunday morning news conference Chief Yates said the first call to 911 came in around 1:00pm Saturday about a shooting at 2201 Moore Road in east Jonesboro. There six people had been shot. Two people died at the scene including Crisanto Islas, age 38 and Floza Davila, age 12.
While Brayam Davila was released from the hospital and is at home, three others remain in Memphis hospitals. The survivors are Brayam's mother, Ayde Davila, age 36, Anquel Islas, age 8, and Augusten Hernandez, age 43. As of Tuesday, there is no official word on their conditions.
Yates says there were several other people in the home, but managed to run from the gunfire. Hernandez used a .357 magnum handgun in the shootings. Yates said it appears as though he had to reload the weapon given the gun's six bullet capacity. All but one victim in the home was shot in the head. Brayam Davila was shot in the hip. Witnesses say Hernandez said nothing as he opened fire and continued shooting through the home.
Hernandez took a vehicle from the Moore Road home and drove nearly three miles to Dalton Farmer Drive near U.S. 63 and Commerce. Yates said Hernandez pulled into a parking lot where Ricardo Lopez, age 31 was working at a construction site. When Lopez approached the vehicle Hernandez shot and killed him. That shooting took place approximately 20 minutes after the Moore Road shooting.
Witnesses at both locations described the same suspect and vehicle and police determined Hernandez was the only suspect. Around 3:30pm a vehicle matching the description was found on County Road 664. Inside Craighead County deputies discovered Hernandez's body in the driver's seat with a gunshot wound to the head.
According to witnesses, the shooter was known to the victims as a friend or acquaintance. Chief Yates said the suspect was not known to police before yesterday's shooting. Yates said this is an unusually difficult case given the victims and witnesses speak little English and are in hospitals in another state.
Yates said they did not know how Hernandez, who was recently released from a mental facility, obtained the weapon. He said investigators are working to find out.
Approximately 45 officers from Jonesboro, Bay, Brookland, Arkansas State Police, and Craighead County Sheriff's office responded to the shooting scenes.