30-Year-Old Shot in the Head Near Pine Bluff Church

The man was in his car when someone shot and killed him

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Rippled and tied up crime scene tape is no welcome sign for a place of worship.

"When things like this happen, the initial reaction is fear but our initial reaction was faith," says Family Church Lead Pastor Stephen Harrison. "There's a lot of good people in this neighborhood."

Pastor Harrison calls a shooting outside his sanctuary senseless.

"When a person takes another person's life for whatever reason," he says.

Around 4 a.m. Saturday, police in Pine Bluff were called to the scene. They say Willie Baines, 30, was shot in the head while he was in his car near 24th and Poplar. Police say Baines died Saturday evening.

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff student Darius Brown lives inside the church.

"I just heard a lot of gunshots go off at one point," says Brown.

Brown says the shots sprung him out of sleep.

"It woke me up. It was like it was right outside my window," he says.

Pastor Harrison says when crimes like this happen, it's important for people to come together.

"I don't think it's a bad neighborhood. I think there's a lot of good people in this area and one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch," says Pastor Harrison. "We embrace this area and we push into this area because we love this place."

What some will call evidence of evil, won't last long under Pastor Harrison's watch.

"Better days are ahead for this area," says Pastor Harrison.

Investigators say there are limited details about the homicide. No suspect information has been released.


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