Jonesboro man became eyewitness in friend's murder

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police are currently searching for a suspect involved in a homicide that occurred early Saturday morning.

According to a news release, the shooting happened at the 700-block of Marshall St. around 12:52 a.m.

Officers arrived on scene and discovered 26-year-old Kerry Lee Kindred Jr. in a vehicle outside a residence suffering from a gunshot wound.

Kindred Jr.'s friend, James Newsom, spoke to Region 8 News. He said he saw his friend gunned down.

Just minutes before the shooting, Newsom said he and Kindred went to a local convenient store, stopped to air up his friend's tire, and then headed back to his house.

"I said man, I'm about to go check on my kid," Newsom said. "I opened the door up a little bit. As soon as I opened the door up, the gunshots just went off like pow, pow, pow, pow. That's all I saw."

Dispatch received several calls from residents in the area who reported hearing multiple gunshots around 12:52 a.m, Steve Farmer, a neighbor to Kindred Jr. heard them, too.

"All I heard was gunshots last night," Farmer said. "My wife told me to get up and see what's going on. I have seen about 8 or 9 cops plus the ambulance. And I heard the gunshots, too. She said what is that. I said I don't know, and I came back and told her somebody had been shot."

Newsom says Kindred mentioned to him that he was in a dispute with some guys, but didn't think anything of it.

"When I turned around and looked back as I took my coat off, I saw that I wasn't hit," Newsom said. "I've seen Cinco just right there like, it's crazy, man. We were just kicking it. I can't take it, man. We were just kicking it, man."

Kindred Jr. was taken to a hospital and later died from his injuries.

"We just played ball together and just rolled around and kicked it," Newsom said. "That's it.  And it hurt me that he's gone, man. And I've seen it. I've seen him lying in his car and I've seen him hit the gear, man."

According to several witnesses, the suspect who shot Kindred Jr. left the scene on foot, running between houses in the neighborhood. Officers developed a search perimeter but were unable to locate the suspect.

Anyone with information in regards to the shooting is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 870-935-7867.

Region 8 News will have more information as details emerge. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute updates.

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