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story.lead_photo.caption Ricky Hampton is shown in this booking photo from the Jefferson County jail in Birmingham, Ala.

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.

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4:55 P.M. UPDATE:

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has received copies of the 911 calls from early Saturday.

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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


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

— 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


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  • hah406
    July 3, 2017 at 11:59 a.m.

    "...Stop the Violence, which is seeking more resources to fight poverty and crime in the southern half of the city." One, this didn't happen in the southern half of the city. Two, poverty isn't the issue, since they all had enough money to own guns and pay for a concert ticket. The problem is that particular community is infested with criminals with no morals, no parents, and no regard for their lives or anyone else's. Money won't solve this. Hard core policing with no tolerance for anything will drive them out. Lock them up for anything. Police the hell out of them and they will leave.

  • tomrob
    July 3, 2017 at 12:26 p.m.

    gonna be rapping in federal prison for about next 20 years....good things is he'll prolly know most of his homies...

  • LR1955
    July 3, 2017 at 4:34 p.m.

    Lock that sucker up !

  • titleist10
    July 3, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.

    Hah406 tell it like it is where is BLM Al And Jessie no money to be made as long as blacks shoot blacks but a white shoots a black you get looting burning marching and all kinds of laws being broken

  • REV2018
    July 3, 2017 at 4:58 p.m.


    Statistics on Gun Deaths & Injuries:

    In 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings. This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour.1

    73,505 Americans were treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot wounds in 2010.2

    Firearms were the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths nationwide in 2010, following poisoning and motor vehicle accidents.3

    Between 1955 and 1975, the Vietnam War killed over 58,000 American soldiers – less than the number of civilians killed with guns in the U.S. in an average two-year period.4

    In the first seven years of the U.S.-Iraq War, over 4,400 American soldiers were killed. Almost as many civilians are killed with guns in the U.S., however, every seven weeks.5

  • REV2018
    July 3, 2017 at 4:59 p.m.


  • joedog
    July 3, 2017 at 5:55 p.m.

    hah. You miss the boat on poverty. These gunmen weren't fraternity boys home from back east for the summer. They got their guns out of somebody's home or car for protection in the dope trade. These gunmen are what you end up with when poor, unparented, uneducated, wannabe badasses have nothing better to do than be in a gang. They are so far down society's food chain they'll keep banging until dead or in the big house. They know that but they can't do better. Don't care. Don't appreciate they could do better some other way. Don't know anybody who has. There is a correlation between poverty and crime. You can blame the cops or the teachers if you want but don't keep kidding yourself. It's poverty. There is a hole third world of people with absolutely no upside out there, like it or not. There is another generation of gunmen on the way. They are 10,11,12 year old boys from the part of town where you and I seldom if ever go, living in hard core poverty, without parental supervision, religion or hope, now now being prepared by society to take the places of their mentors and idols in the gangs. They'll rob you in the parking lot. They'll rob pedestrians, convenience stores and houses. It's going to happen just as sure as you'll hear firecrackers tonight. What we're doing now isn't working. It's poverty.

  • rtw
    July 3, 2017 at 6:11 p.m.

    Gun control is not going to stop young male Negro criminals from illegally obtaining stolen guns.

  • Kharma
    July 3, 2017 at 6:38 p.m.

    Hands up don't shoot right? RIGHT?

    Hopefully the club will be shut down. Where will thugs go then?

  • PopMom
    July 3, 2017 at 7:19 p.m.

    Thank you, Joedog. Rtw, it's not just gun control--it's better schools, stop and frisk, good recreation and community programs in the summers, drug prevention, etc. etc. Communities with good schools etc. have fewer of these problems. I'm so tired of the same cast of characters making racist comments about the culture etc. The truth is that good communities have fewer problems.