Walnut Ridge Mayor Wakes Up With Bullet Holes In Her Car

Walnut Ridge, AR (KAIT)  --  More questions than answers for Walnut Ridge Mayor, Michelle Rogers. Police say they don't know who put two what they believe are bullet holes in the side of her red Thunderbird....nor do they have a motive.

"I have a twelve year old daughter.  I have a family to think about.  It's really scary when you think about someone that disgruntled that they would actually go to that extent with it," said Rogers.

The car was parked in front of the Rogers Main Street home, in Walnut Ridge. Officials say this had to have happened sometime between 8:00 p.m. on Monday night and 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.  Michelle says she was outside around 8 on Monday night. She says she heard popping noises, but didn't think anything about it. It wasn't until Tuesday morning she realized those popping sounds could have been gunshots.

Michelle Rogers says she hasn't received any threats. Like many in Region 8, Walnut Ridge residents, including Michelle and her family, are dealing with long days and cold nights with no power. She says frustrations over the current situation may have motivated someone to do this.

"People sometimes don't know who to blame and sometimes they have to blame someone.  It would stand to reason they may think, well the mayor's office, they're not doing enough or someone's not doing enough," said Rogers.

Her husband, State Representative J. R. Rogers assures everyone in the community, Michelle and the entire city staff are doing everything they can to help residents make it through these trying times. He agrees frustration may have been the motive.

"We don't know whether they were shooting at her or the car.  If they have a problem and they want to talk to us about it than that's what they need to do.  I don't know if FEMA has done enough, I don't know if emergency management has done enough, but I know we have done all we can possibly do.

If you have any information about this incident, you are urged to call the Walnut Ridge Police Department at 886-3568.