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1 dead, 1 hurt in gunfight identified

By Ashley Nerbovig

This article was published June 15, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

Little Rock police have identified one man who died and another who was hospitalized after being shot in a parking lot near Geyer Springs Road on Saturday night.

Tony Wade, 29, of Mabelvale was taken to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hospital after being found shot in a parking lot outside 7515 Geyer Springs Road. Laron Ware, 44, was found shortly after, having left the scene of the parking lot, and was also taken to UAMS, where he later died from his injuries, authorities said.

Officers responded to 7515 Geyer Springs Road in southwest Little Rock at 7:46 p.m. Saturday after hearing shots fired, according to Little Rock Police Department report.

Wade was found lying on the ground with obvious gunshot wounds, police said. Two witnesses said he had been shot in the parking lot by five men who were driving a silver vehicle, according to the report.

An officer stopped a vehicle matching the description at 59th Street and Geyer Springs, police said. In the car, the officer discovered Ware, who was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He taken to UAMS.

Four others were found in the car, taken to Major Crimes Division and released later that day, police spokesman Lt. Sidney Allen said.

Correction: Based on incorrect information from the Little Rock Police Department, Ware's age was reported incorrectly in a previous version of this story.


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Reason says... June 15, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.

Shortage of guns. Need more guns. Guns are the answer to everything.
Gotta make them more readily available for the mentally ill, druggies and thugs…

This message from the NRA

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jack123 says... June 15, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.

You don't need more guns, you need more people,
Remember it's people that kill people***not guns.

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djigoo says... June 15, 2014 at 4:35 p.m.

Wayne's World...Wayne's World...Party down...LaPierre!

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Nodmcm says... June 15, 2014 at 10:34 p.m.

Most of the handguns used in Arkansas gun crime are stolen. A law-abiding, non-felon Arkansas citizen walks into a gun shop and using his good, non-felon credentials and money likely earned at an honest job, buys an expensive, powerful handgun, maybe a Glock .40 caliber, for instance. He takes the Glock home, but he fails to also buy an expensive gun safe. While at work the next day, week, month or year, a teenage burglar, maybe 14 or 15, crawls in a window and finds the Glock and steals it. Later on, the 15-year-old burglar sells the expensive, powerful Glock automatic handgun to an up-and-coming neighborhood drug dealer, who is 18-years-old. Now do you see the trouble coming? Later on, a shootout with other criminals or the police, and this nice, honestly purchased Glock .40 caliber handgun could become "infamous," that is, involved in perhaps a homicide or armed robbery resulting in injury. This is how easy it is for an entirely legal, self-defense firearm to be "converted" into a police officer's and honest citizen's worst nightmare: a fancy, powerful, dependable, and fast-shooting handgun in the wrong hand(s).

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carpenterretired says... June 16, 2014 at 12:29 p.m.

Which guy was the best shot?

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