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'Innocent bystander' hit at Little Rock movie theater as shots ring out in parking lot, police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published June 17, 2017 at 11:52 p.m. Updated June 19, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Police investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Rave movie theater Saturday night.

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One person was shot outside a Little Rock movie theater during an exchange of gunfire in a busy parking lot Saturday night, authorities said at the scene.

Little Rock officer Steve Moore described the victim as an "innocent bystander" and said it happened shortly before 10:30 p.m. at the Rave movie theater on Colonel Glenn Road west of Interstate 430.

Moore said investigators believe gunfire came from at least two vehicles that were possibly shooting at each other and that the victim, a man who is about 40 years old, was not the intended target. He was hit in the leg and taken to a local hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

"It appears the victim was simply here to attend the theater and was not involved," Moore said at the scene, where crime scene tape covered a large portion of the parking lot before midnight. "[He] was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, the guy that got shot."

Moore said the shooters fled the scene and no description was yet available. It wasn't known yet if any of the crime was captured on surveillance.

He said the circumstances surrounding the shooting were still under investigation, including whether the two vehicles were shooting at each other.

"That's what we're trying to figure out," he said.

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RBear says... June 18, 2017 at 7:44 a.m.

I'm sorry, but when it gets to the point innocent bystanders are hit because two idiots decided to settle their argument with guns, there are too many guns on the street. This is becoming more and more the norm, yet the gun freaks out there just keep adding guns to the mix. At schools, at stadiums, at churches. My safety is becoming more and more a factor of you NOT having a gun.

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RaylanGivens says... June 18, 2017 at 8:55 a.m.

Sounds like more gang warfare; maybe HBO can do another documentary on Little Rock. They are earning it every day

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JPRoland says... June 18, 2017 at 8:56 a.m.

What is going on in this town? I had some gangsta types in their lowered Caddy with blacked out windows riding right up on my bumper the other day on Stagecoach near I-430. I could barely see their tiny little heads peeking up over the dash.I thought about tapping my breaks to get them to back off but then I thought, I could actually get shot for that! I have never had to think this way, but I do now.By now, after reading countless stories in the Demzette, we have learned that there are lots of thugs riding around our fair city with guns on their laps. Very frightening.

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drs01 says... June 18, 2017 at 10:10 a.m.

It seems that RBear wants to take MY guns away from me so he can have a false sense of security. While he's at it why not propose we close the interstate highways because careless drivers are killing innocent people; where do we stop this crazy notion that having a gun is the problem?

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LckyPnny103042048 says... June 18, 2017 at 11:01 a.m.

WHY is it so difficult for people to understand that responsible gun owners obtain their weapons LEGALLY??? Criminals get their guns on the street, from the black market, robberies, burglaries...they will ALWAYS find access to weapons. THOSE folks are the ones who cause the problems, not citizens with legally-registered guns. Get real, folks. Please.

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WTF14 says... June 18, 2017 at 11:17 a.m.

I love the line, "[He] was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, the guy that got shot." Really, you can't enjoy a late night movie, that is considered at the wrong place and the wrong time. I will go purchase more Netflick stock as that will go up after people don't attend movie theaters anymore. I will also short all of the movie theater stocks and you watch less and less people will go to the movies after reading about this

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HarleyOwner says... June 18, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.

One more reason to stay out of Little Rock.

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HarleyOwner says... June 18, 2017 at 12:04 p.m.

One more reason to stay out of Little Rock.

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JIMBOB47 says... June 18, 2017 at 12:50 p.m.

Time to actually start 'PROFILING' to get the thugs off the streets. We all know who they are, but the authorities can't do anything because of political correctness or 'discrimination'. I don't care what color you are, if you look like a thug, act like a thug, drive around in darkened-windows cars, etc. we should be able to pull your a... over and check you for weapons and anything else 'illegal' you might have. I suspect we'd get a lot of them off the streets if that were to happen.

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TheMongo says... June 18, 2017 at 1:41 p.m.

So "Becky" driving around in her dad's brand new Acadia Denali should be pulled over and checked for weapons just because the windows are tinted?

"...he who would trade liberty for security deserves neither..." or something like that. And you can't have mine.

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