9:45 P.M. UPDATE:
Dallas Cowboys running back and former Arkansas Razorback Darren McFadden says he went to the scene of a mass shooting in Little Rock because some of his relatives were among the victims.
4:55 P.M. UPDATE:
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has received copies of the 911 calls from early Saturday.
Listen to them by clicking here or in the video below.
Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.
2:10 P.M. UPDATE:
The rapper who was on stage when shots rang out in a Little Rock nightclub early Saturday opened fire less than a week earlier outside a different club in Arkansas, hitting a man in the neck, federal authorities allege in a new complaint.
After leaving Little Rock, Ricky Hampton — who performs under the name Finese 2Tymes — was arrested in Alabama on warrants from Forrest City, where he had performed at Club Envy on June 25.
The U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas said Monday that it had filed a complaint against Hampton accusing him of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office, Hampton was leaving the club in Forrest City when he "began screaming at a person in a car that he believed was blocking his way."
"Hampton became impatient with that person in the other vehicle and pointed an AK-style pistol at that person," the statement said. "As that person drove away, Hampton fired a shot that shattered the rear window and struck the driver of the other vehicle in the neck."
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said she didn't have any details about the severity of the man's injuries.
The weapon used was later recovered by authorities, the statement noted.
Hampton, of Memphis, has a felony conviction for aggravated robbery in Tennessee.
Check back with Arkansas Online for updates on this developing story and read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.
— Gavin Lesnick
1 P.M. UPDATE:
Newly released 911 calls show a panicked, chaotic scene after shots were fired inside a downtown Little Rock nightclub over the weekend, injuring more than two dozen people.
More than a dozen people called 911 after Saturday's shooting at the Power Ultra Lounge. Screams could be heard in the background in some calls, and no one could identify the shooter when asked by 911 operators.
In one call, a shooting victim from the club was reported at a fast-food restaurant several blocks away from the nightclub. In another, a woman tells the dispatcher that she's providing medical assistance to a man who had been shot in the leg.
The recordings of the calls were released to The Associated Press on Monday via an open records request.
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Photos by Brandon Riddle
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— The Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK — A rapper whose concert in Little Rock was the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured remained jailed without bond in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday morning.
Ricky Hampton, also known as Finese 2Tymes, was arrested on unrelated assault charges outside an Alabama club where he was performing, just 24 hours after the shooting, and authorities said several firearms were recovered during the arrest.
He was arrested early Sunday on outstanding charges of aggravated assault with a gun out of Forrest City in eastern Arkansas, the U.S. Marshals Service said. A second man also was taken into custody, and two handguns and an assault rifle were seized from the Mercedes in which the two men were riding, said Cliff LaBarge with the U.S. Marshals Service in Alabama.
The firearms will be sent to a crime lab in Arkansas to determine whether they match shell casings found at the scene of the shooting early Saturday at the Power Ultra Lounge, said Little Rock Police Lt. Steven McClanahan.
McClanahan described the 25-year-old Hampton as a "person of interest" and said the rapper will be extradited to Arkansas so that police can interview him. Hampton is from Memphis.
McClanahan said no arrests have been made in the shooting in which 25 people between the ages of 16 and 35 suffered gunshot wounds, and three others were hurt afterward. He said police did not recover any weapons at the scene of the shooting, which authorities believe may have been gang-related.
"We are definitely looking at that possibility," McClanahan said. "We know that gang members were present inside."
Prison records from the Tennessee Department of Corrections show a Ricky Hampton with the same date of birth, home town and a similar appearance was released from prison in August 2016 after serving six years for two counts of aggravated robbery.
Material advertising the concert by Finese 2Tymes showed a man pointing a gun at a camera, drawing a rebuke from Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola.
"The investigation into this crime continues in earnest, but it is clear that this was not an act of terrorism and does not appear to be a premeditated mass shooting," Stodola said in his weekly "Monday Morning with the Mayor" newsletter. "Indications are that this was a terrible local tragedy stemming from a dispute between a small subset of individuals suspected to be involved in gang activity that turned violent because of the presence of existing rivalries and weapons."
A message posted on the rapper's Facebook page Saturday offered thoughts and prayers for those injured: "THE VIOLENCE IS NOT FOR THE CLUB PEOPLE. WE ALL COME WITH 1 MOTIVE AT THE END OF THE DAY, AND THATS TO HAVE FUN."
The rapper's Facebook page posted late Sunday a hashtag followed by "FREE2TYMES".
A woman who answered a phone number listed on Finese 2Tymes' Instagram account for booking said the rapper didn't consider canceling the Birmingham show, despite the shooting, because he wasn't responsible for what happened. The woman didn't give her name before hanging up.
The volley of gunfire inside the Power Ultra Lounge came so fast that investigators believe multiple people had to have been involved. Police Chief Kenton Buckner credited quick work by first responders for there being no fatalities.
City officials said they would move Monday to shut down the club under a "criminal abatement" program. State regulators suspended the club's liquor license Saturday, and a representative for the landlord's office later posted an eviction notice on a door to the club. The notice stated that the club must move out of the property within three days "due to your failure to maintain the premises in a safe condition."
About 30 people attended a news conference Sunday with Arkansas Stop the Violence, which is seeking more resources to fight poverty and crime in the southern half of the city. The event was held in front of a police station near where a boy was shot in a drive-by last week.
— The Associated Press