Two shot at West Memphis apartment complex

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — West Memphis police are investigating after they say two people were shot at an apartment complex.

The incident happened around 11:30 am Wednesday at the Courtyard Apartments on South Walker Avenue. Investigators say officers found two people with gunshot wounds but their injuries are not life threatening. 

A special team of West Memphis Police officers and Crittenden County Sheriff’s deputies searched the complex believing the gunman might be hiding in one of the apartments. They searched for roughly two hours but didn’t find the shooter who is still at large. 

Steven Ledbetter lives across the street. He says gunfire is common in the area and that worries him especially when his 3-year-old grandson is visiting like he was Wednesday. 

“You always got to worry about that when they come through with the drive-bys and stuff over there,” Ledbetter said, “When they get through shooting over there they shoots out, you know, so you don’t know which way it’s going or which way the bullets going to fly. So, when they get to shooting I take him on in the house.”

It’s unclear if investigators know why the gunman opened fire but, whatever the issue was, Ledbetter says there’s no excuse for that kind of violence.

“Doing this day and time that’s all it is about now, shooting,” he said, “There’s no fist fighting or arguments no more. They shooting and roll off.”

It’s also unclear if investigators have a good description of the shooter.

The West Memphis Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding Wednesday’s shooting to please contact the Crittenden County Crime Stoppers at 870-732-4444. 

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