Family claims victim in latest fatal shooting was “targeted”

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Updated: Feb. 21, 2019 at 12:25 PM CST
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BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Blytheville police say a man shot and killed Wednesday night might have been retaliation for a series of violent encounters.

Around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to a call of multiple gunshots on South First Street.

After arriving at the scene, investigators received word that a man had been shot and was inside a home on East Cherry Street.

Police went to the home and found 22-year-old Keondrae Jones suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Great River Medical Center where he died of his injuries.

Family members believed Jones was “targeted” by others involved in a “series of violent confrontations involving Jones and/or his associates since late 2017,” said Chief Ross Thompson in a news release Thursday.

Investigators have reached out to other family members, the chief said, to stop what he calls “retaliatory violence.”

This is Blytheville’s fourth homicide in recent weeks.

“While that is alarming and concerning to the Blytheville Police Department and citizens of Blytheville, three of the previous cases have resulted in arrests and none of these homicides are connected to each other,” Thompson stated.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime in Blytheville is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 844-910-STOP (7867).

The chief noted the Crime Stoppers’ call center is located in Texas.

“They do not know anyone in Blytheville,” Thompson said. “The tipsters remain completely safe and anonymous.”

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