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Police: One man dead in Little Rock shooting

Officials from the Little Rock Police Department responded to the scene of an early morning shooting that left one man dead Monday in the city's 31st homicide.
LITTLE ROCK, AR – Officials from the Little Rock Police Department responded to the scene of an early morning shooting that left one man dead Monday in the city's 31st homicide.

According to reports, police responded to a call about a robbery at 9500 South Heights 203 around 12:38 am on July 30. When they arrived, police found the victim, 50-year-old Charles Gaskins, on the front porch. Gaskins, who appeared to have suffered several gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The victim’s fiance told police that she was sitting on the front porch of the house with Gaskins when two suspects climbed the stairs to the front porch and called out to them. The witness said that one of the suspects was holding a black semi-automatic. When she tried to run inside, one of the suspects attempted to follow her into the house and force his way through door as she attempted to hold it closed. While inside, she heard several gunshots, at which point the suspects fled the scene.

Police say several people were inside the residence at the time of the shooting, including several children.

The investigation is ongoing.

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