JPD arrests 2 in connection with late-night shooting

Neighbors respond to shooting incident
Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 11:21 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:12 PM CDT
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Jonesboro police have arrested two people connected to a late-night shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

Officers responded to the 1000-block of Vine Street around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday following reports of multiple shots heard.

Sally Smith, public information specialist for the Jonesboro Police Department, said one person was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

The shooting left neighbors like Ryan Phillips concerned for the safety of himself and others.

“The kids came back asking me, ‘Dad did you hear that?’,” Phillips said.

Phillips mentioned that his children saw the suspect running across the front yard, saying he found blood in the driving soon after, which was an indication “somebody had gotten hurt.”

Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott told Region 8 News residents have to look out for each other in order for them to feel safe.

“That goes back to neighborhood watches, getting to know your neighbor, helping each other watch out for each other’s houses,” said Chief Elliott. “It takes all of us working together to keep a safe community.”

A heavily-redacted initial incident report released Wednesday identified two 22-year-old women and a 2-year-old girl as the victims. It also identified a 27-year-old man as the one filing the complaint.

The report did not specify which, if any of them, had been shot or what kinds of injuries were sustained.

Police later stopped a suspect vehicle and arrested 23-year-old Larry Thomas of Memphis and 22-year-old Tori Yvonne Cook of Jonesboro.

Thomas was arrested on suspicion of terroristic act-shoots at projects an object that causes property damage, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, possession of Schedule VI with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Cook was arrested on suspicion of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, terroristic act, possession of schedule VI with purpose to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of schedule IV or V less than 28 grams.

Officers reported finding 7.6 ounces of marijuana in the car and 18 green pills in Cook’s possession.

Both Thomas and Cook appeared in court Friday for a probable cause hearing, Smith said. A $150,000 bond was set for Thomas and a $100,000 bond was set for Cook during the hearing.

Both Thomas and Cook will be arraigned July 30 in circuit court.

Two other suspects were listed, but police did not provide any identifying information.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call JPD or Crimestoppers at 935-STOP (7867).

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