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story.lead_photo.caption Police investigate a fatal shooting in Little Rock on Friday morning. ( Staton Breidenthal)

Authorities in Little Rock say two people died in a shooting Friday morning, marking the first homicides of the year in Arkansas' capital city.

Officers were called shortly before 10:15 a.m. to gunfire at Roosevelt Road and Martin Luther King Drive.

Lt. Michael Ford, a Little Rock Police Department spokesman, said one male was found at the scene in critical condition. The gunshot victim later died at UAMS Medical Center.

The other male victim was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where he died.

The names and ages of the two victims haven't been released.

A red vehicle was seen leaving the scene. No other information on a suspect or motive was immediately known.

In 2018, Little Rock recorded 41 homicides.


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  • MaxCady
    January 4, 2019 at 1:26 p.m.

    Why is MLK Drive always in the worst part of town?

  • alflowersjricloudcom
    January 4, 2019 at 1:28 p.m. year same crime

  • DANNY46
    January 4, 2019 at 3:45 p.m.

    Wow. I see this new Mayor is cracking down on crime!!!

  • bestump3
    January 4, 2019 at 4:16 p.m.

    Danny 46
    Your neck is showing. How can any Mayor or Police officer stop this type of crime. Don’t show how STUPID you are!!

  • NoUserName
    January 4, 2019 at 5:31 p.m.

    " How can any Mayor or Police officer stop this type of crime."
    I dunno. Maybe not use funds allocated for, say, extra police officers and 911 call takers as general revenue. All while the police department is short 20-50 officers depending on when in the last 5 years you looked.

  • titleist10
    January 4, 2019 at 6:06 p.m.

    Has anyone noticed that most crime reported here is committed by blacks with guns? Anyone think these guns were purchased legally?

  • ZeebronZ
    January 4, 2019 at 6:51 p.m.

    Great start to a new mayor's term and a new year. What did we expect?

  • Popsmith
    January 4, 2019 at 7:01 p.m.

    Used to celebrate the first baby born each year. Maybe we need a prize for the first homicide.

  • GeneralMac
    January 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

    motto of Little Rock............" Jackson Mississipp[i is worst"

  • MaxCady
    January 4, 2019 at 8:11 p.m.

    The new year in Little Rock is starting off with a bang!