TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A family member said Tuesday night's shooting in Trumann was a freak accident.
Police continue to investigate the shooting that happened in the 300-block of Hobard Street that left one man dead.
Police said Cecily Swift shot and injured her boyfriend, Marlon Barnes. He later died in a local hospital.
Chris Morris, a cousin of both Swift and Barnes, said he was at the couple's home minutes before he heard about the shooting.
"When I came to the house, he was holding the baby and laughing and joking," Morris said. "She was in the back. I told them I stopped by just to check on them. Once I found out they were fine, the last words he spoke to me was, 'I love you, cousin.'"
Morris said everything seemed peaceful when he was there. He said it took a split second for everything to become confusing.
"I got news that there was a shooting over here," Morris said. "Then moments later, I get told that he's dead. That hurt a lot."
Morris said the couple got into an argument, which escalated. He described it as a typical disagreement that any couple would have.
He said Swift sent their children to the grandparents' home just before the shot rang out.
Police say Morris was shot in the chest.
"She didn't do this intentionally," Morris said. "She's grieving about it real bad. It's tearing her up on the inside. She didn't even know she squeezed the trigger. It was a freak accident. She didn't even know he was shot. It happened so fast."
Morris said Swift told him that she wishes someone could have been there to change the outcome.
"I have to make sure she's okay," Morris said. "It's a blessing we still have one of the parents here for the children. That's what we should realize. It hurt a lot that my cousin is gone and he's going to be missed and we all are going to love him, but we love her too."
Police Chief Chad Henson said Barnes's body has been taken to the crime lab.
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