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story.lead_photo.caption Richard Gilliam - Photo by Lonoke County sheriff's office

A woman who witnessed a deadly shooting in Lonoke County was found soaking wet near the Arkansas River early Christmas Day, according to a police report.

Jamie Shipp, 42, told police she witnessed a shooting and that she was thrown off of a bridge and into the river.

Police said they found Shipp shivering and soaking wet after being called shortly after 3 a.m. Monday to 4400 River Mountain Road. The report said she appeared to have early signs of hypothermia.

According to the report, Shipp said she swam across the river after being thrown from the bridge.

The Lonoke County sheriff's office said deputies responded to a shooting on Johnson Road in Scott shortly before 12:30 a.m. They reportedly found two people shot. One, identified as 49-year-old Arlin Wayne Nugent, suffered fatal injuries. There was no word on the condition of the other.

Authorities said two men entered the residence "and began to shoot at the people" inside before kidnapping a female victim.

That victim was later found in Little Rock, the Lonoke County sheriff said in a news release, though that office didn't provide any details about her being thrown from the bridge.

Richard Gilliam, 33, of Little Rock was arrested on charges of capital murder, attempt to commit capital murder, kidnapping and aggravated residential burglary. He remained in the Lonoke County jail on Tuesday morning with bail not yet set.

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

— Ryan Tarinelli

EARLIER:

A 33-year-old Little Rock man is accused of kidnapping a female victim after a shooting left one man dead in Lonoke County on Christmas morning, authorities said.

Richard Gilliam was arrested on charges of capital murder, attempt to commit capital murder, kidnapping and aggravated residential burglary. He remained in the Lonoke County jail on Tuesday morning with bail not yet set.

The Lonoke County sheriff's office said deputies responded to a shooting on Johnson Road in Scott shortly before 12:30 a.m. They reportedly found two people shot. One, identified as 49-year-old Arlin Wayne Nugent, suffered fatal injuries. There was no word on the condition of the other.

Authorities said two men entered the residence "and began to shoot at the people" inside before kidnapping a female victim, whose age was not released.

That victim was later found in Little Rock, the sheriff's office said in a news release, noting she was taken to the hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries.

Gilliam was identified as a suspect and arrested. Police were still working to identify and find the second suspect, the release said.

No information on a motive has been released.

— Gavin Lesnick

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  • LR1955
    December 26, 2017 at 9:24 a.m.

    Quick trial, no dealing, then if he’s guilty, string his @$$ up and hang him. There is no excuse or reason to do what he’s accused of, not even mental.

  • GeneralMac
    December 26, 2017 at 9:31 a.m.

    and yet bleeding heart liberals insist our judicial system uses racial bias when they sentence thugs to prison.

  • MaxCady
    December 26, 2017 at 12:25 p.m.

    What a grinch!!

  • i_lay_hardwood_yahoo
    December 26, 2017 at 12:58 p.m.

    motive= TND=TYPICAL N DEAL.

  • ozena
    December 26, 2017 at 4:26 p.m.

    What bridge?

  • PopMom
    December 26, 2017 at 4:49 p.m.

    GeneralMac,

    I don’t have any problem with this POS getting the death penalty. However, I do note that some of the racists who comment here take every opportunity to call blacks who commit crimes “thugs” and yet don’t comment when whites commit similar crimes. Why is that?

  • GeneralMac
    December 26, 2017 at 4:58 p.m.

    I would have called anyone committing this heinous crime a " thug" regardless of their race.

  • Iraqvet07
    December 26, 2017 at 5 p.m.

    I didnt know you had to be a "certain" color, race, sex, etc. to be called a "thug". Please explain!!!

  • WuzFuz
    December 26, 2017 at 8:05 p.m.

    Just curious why is Populist Mom the only person to mention race? This news article is about 2 people being shot and one being kidnapped. The suspect was arrested. End of story.

  • ozena
    December 26, 2017 at 9:15 p.m.

    Everybody knows it was I430 bridge but ADG.

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