Woman Dies after Being Found Shot Inside Car in Little Rock


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Gunfire that shattered the early morning quiet in a local neighborhood left a North Little Rock woman dead and a man injured.

They were found inside a vehicle as police arrived to investigate reports of a shooting near W. 26th & Izard streets just after midnight Tuesday.

"Sounds like it was raining bullets. Sounded like 50 gunshots!," says Carl Young, who owns property in the area.

People who live near the scene are still reeling after the deadly incident on their normally quiet street.

"We heard tap tap tap tap tap," say Bob & Claudette Agard, who live near the scene. "We both woke up and said that was gunfire!"

The couple lives just three houses down from the latest murder scene in the capital city.

"It was within a minute of midnight," they say.

The Agard's were not the only ones startled out of bed. 

"I get to the scene and see fire trucks here, car parked right here, police cars everywhere...man running up and down [the] street hollering they done kill[ed] my girl," Young adds.

His property is right across the street.

"I knew it was close to my duplexes and when I got here my niece was standing on the corner and I knew she was okay," he continues.

His niece, Miranda Coal, rents one of his properties. She says the gunshots rang out shockingly close to her living room.

"When I heard the shots, all I could think to do was take cover," she says. 

She was home alone with her 4-month-old baby.

"Threw him on the floor and laid on top of him until the shots stopped," says Coal.

According to police, the suspects in a grey car fired multiple shots at another car approaching from the opposite direction.

"It's an odd place to shoot," says Young.

He says the victim's car ended up in a ditch. 

"You can see the blood splatter right here," he says.

All three families say their heart goes out to victim Tartinisha Rainey and her family. They hope tragedy never happens in their neighborhood again.

"Everyone in the community needs to come together and stop all this violence. We have to come together for these babies," says Coal.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - An overnight homicide is under investigation after two people are found shot inside a car and one of them later dies.

It happened around midnight Tuesday in the 2600 block of Izard Street.

The Little Rock Police Department has identified the victim as Tartinisha Rainey, 34, of North Little Rock. Police say she suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died after being taken to the hospital.

Officers were called to the scene on a shooting report and found the vehicle in the street. The police report notes the vehicle, a 1997 Nissan Maxima, had several bullet holes and a window that had been shot out. 

Police say a 41-year-old man was also found wounded in the car, along with a third person who was not injured. Police reported the wounded man was in serious but stable condition.

When detectives interviewed them, both said that unknown subjects started shooting at their vehicle from a grey vehicle and after their vehicle was struck several times it came to a stop at 26th and Izard. 

Original story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Police say a woman is the victim in an overnight homicide.

The Little Rock Police Department says it is investigating the death of Tartinisha Rainey, 34.

The murder scene is in the 2600 block of Izard Street.

No arrests have been made and police are not yet releasing any further information.

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