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Driving his red Hyundai Sonata, Jatyrian Lovelace grew lost through a Little Rock neighborhood Saturday afternoon. The 20-year-old was on his way to a Little Rock church, where an educator had organized a gathering for her old students, he said.

Then, while he was behind the wheel, gunfire rang out.

"So I hit the gas, and got on out of there," he said in an interview Monday, recalling how it had taken him a few moments to register that he had been shot at. He said the gunfire hit his car, but left him and his sound system unscathed.

The shooting was one of at least seven incidents of gunfire that stretched from Saturday to early Monday, according to reports released Monday by the Little Rock Police Department.

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Homes were hit by gunfire, and two teenagers were wounded in separate shootings. A Little Rock Central High School student was found dead near the loading docks of a Kroger grocery store on the city's east side.

Police found 17-year-old Chris Arnold with an apparent gunshot wound early Monday after being called to the 2500 block of Springer Boulevard for a report of a subject down, according to a department statement. Officers found him lying on the sidewalk near loading docks to the Kroger at 1100 E. Roosevelt Road, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A school district spokesman confirmed Arnold's student status.

The first of the seven gunfire incidents came midday Saturday, when Little Rock officers were dispatched to the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock for a report of a shooting.

The 15-year-old victim told police he "heard a gun shot from a distance and then felt his left leg hurt," according to the report. The boy told police he was bleeding, so he ran home and informed his mother.

His mother, according to the report, said her son had been shot in the leg while walking home, and she reported that she had driven him to the Little Rock hospital.

According to the report, the teenage victim told police the incident occurred around 13101 Baseline Road.

Later that day, around 1:35 p.m., Lovelace and an 18-year-old man were riding in a vehicle when they were shot at, according to a police report.

In that incident, a report said Little Rock officers were called to the area for a report of shots fired. They found several spent shell casings in the street and yard in front of 1616 W. 24th St.

The home is the listed residence of Mini Muhammad, the mother of former Razorback football player Darren McFadden. The West 24th Street house has been shot multiple times in the past year and a half, records show.

In November 2016, a man was injured in a drive-by shooting while sitting on the front porch of the house, witnesses told police.

Then last April, police responded to the area of West 24th and Marshall streets for a report of shots fired and found several rounds in the intersection, according to a report. Police found that several rounds had hit the West 24th street home and discovered a man had been wounded in the drive-by shooting and taken to a hospital, the report says.

Little Rock police have previously said those two shootings were among a series of connected shootings that spanned from September 2016 to April 2017.

In Saturday's incident, police said, people around the residence refused to cooperate with the investigation, and crime scene specialists were not allowed entry to process a vehicle, according to the report.

The incident report shows police found more than a dozen spent shell casings at the scene. A stray bullet also hit the house at 2322 Battery St., the report says. The report noted that some of the residents in the area "are known to be involved with gun violence."

Early Sunday, officers responded to UAMS Medical Center for a report of a shooting victim who had walked into the emergency room, according to a report. The 17-year-old shooting victim told police he had left his house on West 11th Street and headed in the direction of Pic-Pac Liquor on West 12th Street.

The victim said he heard about four to five gunshots while walking and then began to run, according to the report. The victim told police he ran to the hospital from the intersection of 11th and Madison streets.

The report said the 17-year-old had a "severe laceration" from a bullet, which appeared to have grazed his hand.


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  • Kharma
    January 30, 2018 at 6:42 a.m.

    What a terribly written article.

    Sounds like just another few days in the 'hood to me.

  • Foghorn
    January 30, 2018 at 7:45 a.m.

    Gang violence is escalating but police seem more focused on internal issues. How can people at the scene refuse to let a car be processed? Why wasn’t it impounded? I’m guessing the car contained guns, likely stolen. So police are now acquiescing to gang requests? Interesting.

  • titleist10
    January 30, 2018 at 7:49 a.m.

    More black drive by shootings evidently the marching is not working

  • RobertBolt
    January 30, 2018 at 8:19 a.m.

    When idiots allow any idiot to have a gun, idiotic shootings proliferate.

  • johndmoore
    January 30, 2018 at 8:53 a.m.

    Just think how much worse the violence would be had they not renamed Confederate Blvd to Springer Blvd.

  • GeneralMac
    January 30, 2018 at 9:46 a.m.

    Boltar............don't blame lack of gun laws , blame the judicial system for not giving out sentences when gun laws are broken.

    Lil Boosi was given a pass as a juvenile by a judge.
    Even after Lil Boosi was involved in arm robbery and pistol whippings he was free to roam the streets with only a verbal 5pm curfew.

    Make the penalties of crimes with a gun much higher.

  • MaxCady
    January 30, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.

    McFadden can't afford to move his mama out of the hood??!!

  • HarleyOwner
    January 30, 2018 at 11:10 a.m.

    Switching officers to 12 hour shifts has did absolutely no good Still just as much robbing and violence as before.

  • GeneralMac
    January 30, 2018 at 11:23 a.m.

    " people around the residence refused to cooperate "

    Liberal Democrats say sanctuary cities are needed so ILLEGALS cooperate with the police.
    Little Rock proves that having no fear of deportation does not = cooperation with the police.

    These Blacks are citizens yet refuse to cooperate.
    Why would ILLEGALS in a crime infested area cooperate even with sanctuary city immunity?

  • Foghorn
    January 30, 2018 at 12:06 p.m.

    GM - You just made less than zero sense. You have absolutely no idea what ‘sanctuary city’ even means; you just think it means illegals are shielded from deportation and that’s not the case. You also just conflated what happened in this case with immigration and sanctuary cities, which is crazy talk. These people are all US/AR African American citizens and LR is not a sanctuary city. You are horrifically ignorant on all subjects on which you comment.