JPD investigates string of air rifle shootings

JPD investigates string of air rifle shootings

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department is investigating a string of air rifle shootings.

According to incident reports, someone shot out windows and doors at three different locations in Jonesboro some time between May 12 and 13.

A suspect hit Dierksen Hospice on Johnson Avenue, Plaza Tire Service on Caraway Road and a car parked at a home on Murry Creek Drive with a pellet gun.

Police do not yet know if the cases are related. 

"We got here at 7:30, 8 in the morning and noticed both of the doors in the back were shattered," said Julie Keefer, a Dierksen Hospice nurse. "It had glass along the sidewalks."

Keefer reported the incident to police. She said the suspect did not go inside and steal anything. Police confirmed that and stated it was likely a drive-by shooting.

No employees or patients were in the office at the time of the shooting.

"Luckily, whoever did this was smart enough not to enter the facility," Keefer said. "It was a little unnerving to see something like that happen at your facility because you're not sure if anybody is still there, are they not there, are we good to go in."

Keefer said employees could not take care of their patients until police cleared the building.

"This incident actually halted patient care which is sad because obviously who's doing it is causing a lot more trouble than they realize," Keefer said. "It's just general mischief but it's nice for people to keep in mind that they're actually doing a lot more than just shooting out doors."

Police estimate it will cost about $1,000 to fix the two doors, which Keefer said their insurance will cover.

"Still, it's rather annoying," Keefer said. "This incident messes with our alarm system because the doors aren't there. There's plywood there."

Crews should replace the two doors in about a week.

Police do not have any suspects at this time. If you know anything about these three cases, call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP.

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