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story.lead_photo.caption Crime scene tape blocks an apartment on Par Drive where multiple people were shot, including one fatally, authorities said. - Photo by Emma Pettit

A man was killed and four others were injured in an exchange of gunfire late Tuesday night at a Little Rock apartment that police were investigating as a possible robbery attempt, authorities said.

Dispatch records show officers were called shortly before 11:20 p.m. to an apartment complex at 25 Par Drive, which is north of Baseline Road and west of Stagecoach Road.

Police found four people inside an apartment who had been struck by gunfire, including the man who died, later identified as 18-year-old Alexander Reed of Little Rock, said Little Rock Police Department spokesman Lt. Steve McClanahan.

The three who survived — 21-year-old Quinn Muller, 18-year-old Rachael Benson and 19-year-old Stephanie Waters, all of Little Rock — were tenants of the apartment, police reported. They were said to be in stable condition Wednesday morning.

A child was also inside the apartment during the shooting but was not injured, McClanahan said.

Police believe Reed knew the victims and coordinated a robbery, McClanahan said, though authorities are still investigating the motive. He said the crime may be drug-related.

The victims told police Reed arrived at the apartment with an unknown man Tuesday night, and the stranger let two other men into the home, according to a news release. Once inside, of the men pulled out a handgun and said, “This is a robbery,” officials said.

As the gunman started shooting, Muller told police he took out his handgun and returned fire.

“Obviously ... you do have the right to defend yourself,” McClanahan said.

During the exchange, Reed was fatally struck and he died at the scene. Authorities were later notified of a Pine Bluff man, 21-year-old Alvin Chaffin, being treated at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in that city for a gunshot wound to his hand. After talking with witnesses, investigators were able to link Chaffin to the shooting and they believe he is one of the men who was with Reed, police said.

Chaffin is in custody and charges against him are pending. He is the only person who has been arrested so far, McClanahan said, and the Little Rock homicide unit is working with Pine Bluff Police to determine more information about potential suspects.

When a homicide involves groups of people, it can take longer for authorities to put those pieces together, McClanahan said.

“The more people you have involved, the more complicated it is because you’ve got multiple stories. You’ve got to see how they connect,” he said.

McClanahan also said detectives are working to figure out how many total shots were fired. Because the apartments are close together, it’s fortunate that no one else was struck by a stray bullet, he said.

[2017 HOMICIDES: Details on all killings so far this year in Little Rock, North Little Rock]

The first-floor apartment was taped off and several officers were still on scene at 8:30 a.m. The residence sits at the back of a two-story building and faces a putting green and a small lake with a fountain in the middle.

Alecia Jones, who lives with her sister and daughter in the building next door, said she was in bed when she heard three shots last night. The shots were spaced out, she said, and didn't sound close by.

Then Jones heard sirens, and she later watched authorities take one victim away on a stretcher, she said.

Jones said the apartment complex is relatively calm, though she did hear shots fired on New Year's. Since then, it's been quiet, she said.

Another neighbor said he slept through the shots but heard the sirens. He said there's occasional gunfire a mile or two down the road but not near his home.

Neighbor Jason Hendrix lives with his mother in an upstairs apartment in the same building and said he woke up to a round of gunfire. His mother was standing on the balcony when the shots rang out and came inside to get him, he said.

Hendrix said he heard a second round of gunshots, punctuated by people yelling downstairs.

He has lived in the apartment for more than a decade and said the only crime residents typically deal with are car break-ins and smaller theft.

The killing is the third homicide in Little Rock so far in 2017.

Police originally reported the wrong birth date for Reed.

Check back for updates and read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • Tigermule
    February 8, 2017 at 7:35 a.m.

    Meanwhile, the LRPD protects WLR from "happy ending" massages

  • titleist10
    February 8, 2017 at 8:10 a.m.

    More crimes committed in Southwest LR than WLR-Its not the police depts fault-its the thugs fault-seems they all have guns

  • Queen1976
    February 8, 2017 at 8:29 a.m.

    Maybe someday, they'll kill each other off & the thugs will be gone. Yea, right..

  • DontGoThere
    February 8, 2017 at 8:32 a.m.

    These apartment shootings are compliments of Section 8 housing. Our government has infiltrated thugs into all of our neighborhoods..

  • LR1955
    February 8, 2017 at 8:52 a.m.

    This sure appears to be gang related to me!

  • abb
    February 8, 2017 at 9:12 a.m.

    More Apartment Mayhem...I should create a website like Forbidden Hillcrest. And, stupidly, LR is approving new apartments up and down Bowman and Kanis, adding not only the almost certain increase in crime, but also dangerous traffic situations due to sub standard traffic lanes, signals, roundabouts, and turn lanes on Bowman and Kanis.

  • skeptic1
    February 8, 2017 at 9:44 a.m.

    Apartments do not create crime and anyone that knows about Section 8 knows those people are screened and any drug history by any member of the household boots them from the program. What we need is a new mayor and police chief, this is not the South Side of Chicago or South Central Los Angeles, there is no excuse for the number of violent crimes in a city this small.

  • MaxCady
    February 8, 2017 at 10:17 a.m.

    What is wrong with people? No home training.

  • HarleyOwner
    February 8, 2017 at 11:01 a.m.

    Maybe after Trump's task force cleans up Chicago, he will send them to Little Rock.

  • drs01
    February 8, 2017 at 11:37 a.m.

    Libertas - the problem with section 8 housing is NOT the initial screening process. It's what happens afterwards. Landlords care only about collecting the rent and do not enforce any section 8 rules. What you end up with is 4-6 people living in an apartment given to just 2-3. It's her BFF and her children, or her BF and his child. Pretty soon you have a ghetto situation right next door to a taxpaying working stiff and his family. Ask some housing folks about night raids to inspect these section 8 properties. In some parts of this state they actually do them. I can't speak for LR. I can say that section 8 housing is another liberal idea that has turned to crap.

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