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Arrest made in Jonesboro shooting

Victim shot in stomach, hit in the head, police say
Published: Jan. 21, 2022 at 8:58 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2022 at 10:53 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Craighead County man faces battery and terroristic threatening charges after Jonesboro police say he shot a man in the stomach.

Tavarius Joe Hunter, 25, of Jonesboro was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 25 at an apartment complex in connection with the case.

Tavarius Joe Hunter, 25, of Jonesboro was arrested Jan. 25 in connection with a Jan. 21...
Tavarius Joe Hunter, 25, of Jonesboro was arrested Jan. 25 in connection with a Jan. 21 shooting at a gas station parking lot in the 1700 block of East Johnson Avenue, according to Jonesboro police.(Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

The victim was taken to a local hospital Jan. 21 after Jonesboro police got a call about the shooting.

Officers went to State Street and East Johnson Avenue around 8:50 p.m. Jan. 21 about the shooting.

Jonesboro police also got a report around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 21 about a shots fired call.

At the time, Jonesboro police said they believed the two incidents are related.

Officers later interviewed the victim, who went to the hospital, about what happened.

“The victim advised me that he was at the gas station about to get into a vehicle when a subject had pulled a gun on him and hit him in the head. The suspect then pointed the gun at him and made threats to kill the victim,” Jonesboro police said in a probable cause affidavit.

Police believe Hunter started shooting at the victim when the victim was trying to get behind a vehicle.

A person who answered the phone at a nearby gas station said on the evening of the shooting said it happened in the parking lot and that police reviewed surveillance video of the scene.

Jonesboro police released more details Wednesday about what was seen in the surveillance video.

“The victim is attempting to take cover behind a vehicle while Tavarius Hunter is still attempting to move around the vehicle and shoot at the victim. Hunter shot at the victim several times, striking the vehicle he was hiding behind,” Jonesboro police said.

Jonesboro police also interviewed Hunter about the shooting. He admitted shooting the victim and officers found clothes and a gun used in the shooting at his apartment, police said.

A $100,000 bond was set Wednesday for Hunter, who will be arraigned Feb. 25 in circuit court.

Region 8 News will have more information as it becomes available.

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