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Two held in fatal Park Plaza Mall shooting

By Arkansas Online

This article was originally published February 28, 2013 at 10:56 p.m. Updated March 1, 2013 at 10:21 a.m.


One person is dead and one is in critical condition following a shooting Thursday night at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock.

Deonte Edison.

Tristan Bryant.

This map shows the location of Park Plaza Mall in midtown Little Rock.

Two men have been arrested after Thursday night's shooting at Little Rock's Park Plaza Mall that left a man dead and a woman in critical condition, police said.

Deonte Edison, 18, who lives at 1 Renee Cove in Little Rock, was booked into the Pulaski County jail early this morning on charges of capital murder and attempted capital murder. Tristan Bryant, 20, of 2708 Center St., was being held on the same charges.

The men were arrested 11:30 p.m. Thursday at 2511 Bishop St., according to Little Rock police Sgt. Cassandra Davis.

Police believe Edison had at some point worked at the Sbarro restaurant in the mall food court where the victims worked.

Davis said Thursday night that police received a report of a shooting inside the mall about 9:41 p.m. Upon arrival, Davis said, officers found two victims in a hallway near the food court.

One of the victims, Christian Hayes, 25, died at the scene. Jashonta Thomas, 18, who received several gunshot wounds, was taken to St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition.

Both victims were working for Sbarro.

Police believe that Edison and Bryant entered the building, which was closed to the public, through a hallway connecting to multiple food establishments. Davis said that money was demanded from the victims before they were shot.

Police did not know how much money was taken.

Information for this article was contributed by Aziza Musa of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


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Populist says... March 5, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.

I expect that Harley will be there and fully loaded.

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Populist says... March 5, 2013 at 7:27 a.m.


Thanks for volunteering with the schools and youth. Nothing is more important for the future of our civilization. All types of volunteers are needed for schools, recreational groups and churches; coaches, tutoring, mentoring, clerical, IT, driving, and computer input etc. Anybody who has a talent or skill can share this for the betterment of the community. Even a couple of hours a week adds up over time.

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TravisBickle says... September 16, 2015 at 5:44 p.m.

Pretty soon Park Plaza will be the mall nobody goes to anymore. Kinda like University Mall when the complexion of the clientele changed.

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tngilmer says... September 19, 2015 at 12:21 p.m.

In comparison to other southern states, Arkansas has a small black population but if you read the news you would think that Arkansas is Detroit or Chicago. Almost all the violent crime is by blacks.

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