TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTAL/KMSS) – A Texas man is dead, and a Texarkana child is recovering from both a gunshot wound and a car wreck after a shooting that happened on Sunday night.
Texarkana Arkansas police initially responded to a traffic complaint in the area of Pinehurst and Grove St. at 7:09 p.m. Officers say between 60 to 100 cars lined up on the streets in both lanes of traffic due to a community event in the neighborhood. There were no violations or other issues reported other than the large number of vehicles along the street.
At 8:08 p.m. officers observing traffic congestion in the area heard gunshots near the intersection of Pinehurst and Grove St. Dispatch began receiving calls reporting gunfire in the area.
Police found the area where the shooting may have occurred and discovered a vehicle with bullet holes. Several spent casings were nearby. No victims were found at the scene.
Police then responded to a second emergency at 8:13 p.m. to find a vehicle accident at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Hazel St. Officers say the vehicle was carrying a 6-year-old child that had been struck by a stray bullet at the block party. The child was transported to the hospital in a private vehicle after the crash occurred. Officers say their injuries are not life-threatening.
Around 9:25 p.m. Christus St. Michael’s Hospital contacted police about a man dropped off at the emergency room with a gunshot wound. During the investigation, police learned he was shot walking near the intersection of Grove and Pinehurst St. earlier that evening. The man, identified as 24-year-old Michael Clark of Wake Village, Texas later died of his wounds.
The identity of the suspect is not yet known.
TAP asks anyone with information or video concerning the incident to please contact their Criminal Investigation Division at (903) 798-3154 or email Detective Dakota Easley at email@example.com.