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Salvation Army major shot dead in front of 3 children

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published December 24, 2009 at 8:34 p.m.

Salvation Army slaying

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A Salvation Army major was fatally shot in front of his three children Thursday afternoon as he walked into the the organization's community center in North Little Rock, authorities said.

Around 4 p.m., two black men dressed in black approached Philip Wise, 40, of Maumelle outside the community center at 1505 W. 18th St., Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper said.

Wise’ children — ages 4, 6, and 8 — were walking with him when the men came up to them, police said. His wife, Cindy, also a major in the Salvation Army, was inside the center at the time and called 911.

One of the men pulled a gun, demanded money and then shot Wise, police said.

Police ask that anyone with information contact them at 758-1234.

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Chad Day of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette contributed to this article.

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Hoehandle says... December 24, 2009 at 8:51 p.m.

What a bunch of Scumbags to do something like this. The needle is too good for these Scumbags...

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PurrfectStorm says... December 24, 2009 at 9:06 p.m.

Great...a guy and his family from Maumelle go to a low-class, high-crime part of NLR; and this is what he and his family get for it. Hope these low-lifes burn in hell for what they did to his family, especially at Christmas with his 3 young children beside him. Perps like this don't deserve the oxygen they inhale!

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locomojo says... December 24, 2009 at 9:31 p.m.

I know people kill people -- the gun is not to blame-- but dammit!! There are too many guns available to too many nuts!!

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quiet4us2 says... December 24, 2009 at 10:13 p.m.

First of all...spoken like a true libtard locomojo. There is obviously never too many guns. Too little laws for repeat offenders. Too little judges and prosecutors with a spine to lock these low life's up for any period of time. We need Open Carry here in Arkansas bad. This tragedy is proof of that. Not saying it would have saved this mans life...but it might have. And any chance is better than no chance at all. I would rather have a gun and NOT need it....than NEED a gun and not have it. An armed society is a safe society. God bless this man and his family. Lord be with them, and the rest of you have a Merry Christmas.

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minner says... December 24, 2009 at 10:15 p.m.

The only productive thing we can do now is help his family. God bless him and his efforts. This world is not our home.

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skeeterhawk says... December 24, 2009 at 10:17 p.m.

"Around 4 p.m., two black men dressed in black"...when is the black community going to start taking responsibility for this B.S........12% of the population is causing 90% of the crime in our country....the silent majority is getting tired of being silent...murdered in front of his children.....enough is enough....anybody who knows these two a-holes needs to come frwd and turn them in...

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Sluggo71 says... December 24, 2009 at 10:33 p.m.

Of course we see the need to continue to exclusively hear this "reverend" or that rail on about the injustice of "black on black" crime. How many examples do people need shoved in their faces everyday to understand that it is time to become "Lions in the path." I am sick to death of this.

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LR1955 says... December 24, 2009 at 11:09 p.m.

Salvation Army Major = preacher, this is unbelieveable. They should bring back the e-chair or rope for especially hideous crimes like this. I'd pull the lever or flip the switch myself.

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pixief4rt says... December 24, 2009 at 11:25 p.m.

So no offense...but why is it that recently 90% or better of the crimes committed in North Little Rock are committed by black dudes? Someone close to me was robbed on his BIRTHDAY by 2 black guys. They stole his very expensive laptop (he never got it back). It took the cops like 30 minutes to get there, even tho the station is like 3 BUILDINGS down from the incident. So, maybe it's the cops fault for not doing their jobs better? Dunno, but it's all effed up.

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scd says... December 24, 2009 at 11:47 p.m.

God bless the kids and his family. Hopefully justice will come soon.

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