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Man fatally shot outside Arkansas community center; 18-year-old sought

By Jeannie Roberts

This article was originally published August 9, 2017 at 3:16 p.m. Updated August 9, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.


Alexis Reed, 18, is seen in this photo released by the Pine Bluff Police Department.

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An 18-year-old man is dead after a Wednesday afternoon altercation at a Pine Bluff community center.

Jerry Pryor, 18, was shot one time in the upper torso, according to Lt. David De Foor of the Pine Bluff Police Department.

De Foor said the victim ran inside the Merrill Community Center, located at 1000 S. Ash St., asking for help.

Police are searching for 18-year-old suspect Alexis Reed. Witnesses said they saw Reed and Pryor arguing outside and then heard a loud "pop." She was seen running west from the parking lot, according to a news release.

Pryor was pronounced dead at 2:38 p.m. at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

No other injuries were reported.

The department said in a news release that children were in the community center at the time of the shooting, but the altercation did not take place in front of them. The center was reportedly placed on lockdown and the children were taken from the scene after it was secured, police said.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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