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story.lead_photo.caption One person is dead and one is in critical condition following a shooting Thursday night at Park Plaza Mall in Little Rock. - Photo by Lee Hogan

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.

Photo by Pulaski County sheriff's office
Deonte Edison.
Photo by Pulaski County sheriff's office
Tristan Bryant.
Photo by Google Maps
This map shows the location of Park Plaza Mall in midtown Little Rock.

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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  • RBBrittain
    February 28, 2013 at 11:31 p.m.

    Description? Is this related to the other recent shootings in LR, especially Red Lobster?

  • RBBrittain
    February 28, 2013 at 11:31 p.m.


  • rememberthealamo
    February 28, 2013 at 11:49 p.m.

    LITTLE ROCK: Great place to live and work. . . .if you have a deathwish.

  • NutButter
    March 1, 2013 at 4:52 a.m.

    Little Rock crime sounds more like Detroit every day.

  • Guzzler
    March 1, 2013 at 6:08 a.m.

    These ghetto monkeys are just out of control, someone needs to kill them in the act and then the mayor needs to reward the hero in public

  • zackyd
    March 1, 2013 at 6:44 a.m.

    Damn shame!?!

  • KingGator
    March 1, 2013 at 7 a.m.

    Condloneces to the family of the man killed on his job from a worthless murderer. Hope the female victim recovers. The Little Rock police department has to quit writing so many traffic tickets and focus on the violent crimes in this city. For the mayor and the city manager to come out and say the reports that label Little Rock as the number eight most violent city in the United States per population as false is crazy. For the Governor to criticize the Lt. Governor for signing a bill that will not not allow CCW citizens to have their home addresses published shows that the Governor will not go shopping or out to a resturant in Little Rock without his armed body guards is plain insane. The lady who published the addresses of all CCW citizens should be arrested.

  • Populist
    March 1, 2013 at 7:40 a.m.

    It is very sad. Good, young people who were working to help pay expenses were shot. The mayor and the City Council and all the people of Little Rock need to understand why the city has gotten so violent. Drug addicts are being allowed to raise children. Not enough money is being allocated to making sure that children are raised properly. I know this by simply reading the paper, visiting a few websites, and driving through parts of the city. By googling the name of one suspect, I was able to find out that Jr.'s father was in the cocaine business. I've read stories in the paper about youth being shot or killed during the day when they should have been in school. I've read about terrible conditions in the schools, and I've seen rundown youth recreation facilities and seen that many of the facilities require payment to go there. Guns appear to be readily accessible everywhere. Little Rock has all the ingredients of violent crime. We need police crackdowns on the drug business. Social services needs adequate funding and resources to take children out of unfit conditions. When letting druggies out on probation, let's require birth control as a condition. Let's make birth control free. Let's build a new, free Boys and Girls clubs in the worst sections of town. Summer youth education programs and employment are a good idea. We might need to look at getting a new mayor. This one has been sucking at the public tit for a little too long.

  • MenLR2
    March 1, 2013 at 8:20 a.m.


  • JoKenna
    March 1, 2013 at 8:40 a.m.

    Is the same kid who played for Hall High?
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