Suspect reportedly demanded drugs, money before shooting in Batesville

Suspect reportedly demanded drugs, money before shooting in Batesville
(Source: Gray News)

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - A juvenile suspect faces aggravated robbery, 1st-degree battery, and 2nd-degree misdemeanor charges after a weekend shooting in Batesville.

In a media release, police went to the Hawg’s Exxon on St. Louis Street around 8:35 p.m. Sat., Aug. 1, regarding a possible shooting.

Witnesses told police two males got into a fight before shots were fired.

One of the males reportedly got into a yellow Chevy Cobalt and left, while another left the scene in a black Kia Soul.

Officers found several puddles of blood, shell casings, and an amount of “suspected marijuana spread across the pavement.”

Police received another 9-1-1 call shortly after and were told of the yellow cobalt heading south with its flashers on.

The caller stated the yellow car appeared to be covered in blood and reportedly saw the occupants toss a handgun out of the car. An officer responding to that location did retrieve a handgun from the scene.

Officers then received a call from White River Medical Center and learned of a victim there with multiple gunshot wounds to their right arm.

The victim met police and told them they planned a meeting with someone at the gas station to sell marijuana.

According to the victim, once the black SUV arrived, the suspect stepped out with a pistol and demanded the victim’s drugs and money.

An altercation began and according to witnesses, the victim may have also pulled out a handgun.

According to the release, the suspect fired shots, and the victim may have reportedly fired shots in the altercation.

Police learned the victim was texting a number that belonged to a 19-year-old female and learned the black Kia Soul had been registered to the woman.

Police later learned the woman’s boyfriend, a 17-year-old juvenile, matched the description the victim and witnesses described in the shooting.

In the release, police stated they know the juvenile’s identity, but the juvenile hasn’t been arrested.

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