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Man held in killing of teen over prank says he meant only to 'scare,' police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published February 18, 2014 at 9:38 a.m.


Willie Noble

The Little Rock man accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old girl after suspecting a group of teens of vandalizing his car told investigators he meant only to scare the youths when he opened fire on them, according to a report released Tuesday.

Willie Noble, 48, remained in the Pulaski County jail Tuesday morning after his arrest Saturday in the shooting death of Adrian Broadway.

Broadway was shot in the head as she and six other teens drove from Noble's home in the 7200 block of Skylark Drive after vandalizing Noble's car as part of an ongoing prank war, authorities said. Broadway later died at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

According to the report, Noble told investigators he noticed early Saturday morning that his vehicle had been vandalized and then remarked to his wife that the offenders would return. Police say the car was hit with eggs, mayonnaise, leaves and toilet paper.

Noble said a white vehicle pulled up to his home a short time later, stopped, then looped back around in front of his house before someone got out and ran toward his vehicle.

"Mr. Noble stated that he opened his front door and started shooting," Detective Brad Silas wrote in the report. "... Mr. Noble stated he was not trying to shoot anyone, he was just trying to scare them."

Only one of the other six teens was harmed, police said. The driver, 18-year-old Dshone Nelson, had minor cuts from glass that broke in the gunfire, police said.

Noble is facing charges of first-degree murder, five counts of aggravated assault and one count of committing a terroristic act. He is jailed in lieu of $1 million bond.


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TigerInArk says... February 18, 2014 at 10:09 a.m.

Uh, he shot to kill, not to scare. He fired at the car, not in the air or at the ground.

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GWayne says... February 18, 2014 at 10:52 a.m.

It is so sad that they got hurt and that she died. I noticed the and ages of some the victims and wondered WHY were they allowed to be out at that hour? Do their parents not agree with the curfew laws?. And to run with older kids? No, he should not have shot at them!. Now he is having to deal with what he did, and the kids don't have to have any repercussions?.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 18, 2014 at 10:58 a.m.

Shame all the way around. Children should lean to respect other peoples property.

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djigoo says... February 18, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.

Adults should learn not to be stupid with guns.

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AmericasDoomed says... February 18, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

I don't think 1st degree murder will stick. There are better ways to scare someone than with live ammo.

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RonAllen says... February 18, 2014 at 12:43 p.m.

He should not have aimed at the vehicle, shots over the vehicle would have worked to scare then away. Sad for all involved.

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dmsquare says... February 18, 2014 at 1:36 p.m.

This is very sad and my heart goes out to the family of the young lady who was killed. My only question/concern is why were children out at 1:30 am? Little Rock has a curfew law and these teenagers were in violation of that law. Mr. Noble has a price to pay for his action that morning, but the kids and their parents bare some responsibility. When I was their ages, I was hom safely in bed. Nothing good goes on at 1:00 am.

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NutButter says... February 18, 2014 at 2:07 p.m.

It's a shame the girl was killed while out having "fun" defacing someone's personal property.

I cannot imagine why anyone would think this is "fun" and have such a total lack of respect for another person's property.

It is also a shame that these teens trespassed on Mr. Noble's property to deface his personal property.

It's sad for all involved. It's sad to think 6 teenagers have started a life of crime at such a young age. Will they become responsible, productive adults or will this become a past time for them?

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TomHoneycutt says... February 18, 2014 at 3:11 p.m.

Once you let loose a bullet, you cannot call it back. There's no provision in state law for a warning shot. Willie Noble has lived 48 years on this earth, and he hasn't learned these important lessons.

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 18, 2014 at 7:23 p.m.

How many think he would have shot if they had rolled his house with toilet paper? Just asking, you ever do that? Just asking.

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