Violent week in Little Rock: ‘It’s Russian roulette around here’

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Wendell Molton has always called Little Rock home, and he says he’s tired of crime scene after crime scene drawing center aim on neighborhoods.

“Every single day there’s something going on,” says Molton.

Since June 9, four people- including a 14-year-old girl- have been murdered, three people- including a 15-year-old- have been shot and three homes have been riddled by gunfire.

“It has been a difficult time for us as a police department,” says Little Rock Police Officer Eric Barnes.

Arrests have been made in last week’s homicides.

Officer Barnes says Detectives are working tirelessly to solve the other cases.

He credits the city’s ShotSpotter technology, which allows officers to respond to gunshots almost immediately.

“We’re led by intelligence and driven by the numbers and the numbers and data show us a certain area where we need to focus in or a certain person,” says Officer Barnes.

Molton believes people need to take more pride in their neighborhoods.

“The better parts of the neighborhood are older folks who have been in their homes 30, 40 years,” says Molton.

He says with more homeowners, crime will go down, forcing games being played on the streets to end.

“It’s Russian roulette around here. It’s Russian roulette. It’s a dodge ball game,” Molton says. 

Little Rock Police say all the cases are scattered throughout the city and it does not appear any of the crimes are connected.

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