One man dead after West Memphis shooting

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WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — A West Memphis family is grieving after their loved one was shot to death Sunday morning, and it’s not the first family member they’ve lost to gun violence.

West Memphis Police are looking for the person(s) responsible for shooting Basha Thomas, 24.

“It really shocked me,” said Thomas’ cousin who didn’t want his name published.

Thomas’ family members say they can’t believe he’s gone.

“He just liked to chill. He was a calm person. He didn’t mess with nobody.”

Police say the 24-year-old was shot and killed in his car in West Memphis around six in the morning.

“I’m just hearing like five or six shots, so me I’m just looking and jump out and look out the window but I didn’t see anyone running or anything like that,” said neighbor Calenesi Barringer.

Family says Thomas was shot at nearly a dozen times in the Imperial Homes apartment complex.

“Sad and disturbing, you know it’s close to home,” said neighbor Hannah Horns.

Horns saw the aftermath of police and yellow tape. She says she watched the coroner arrive and Thomas’ car, riddled with bullets, get towed away.

“All that shooting, I mean anybody could’ve gotten a bullet,” she said.

Friends of Thomas say he was in the U.S. Army and a nice guy.

It’s not clear why he was at the apartment complex, but his cousin says family lives there.

“I feel bad what happened to him. I’m sorry. It hurts me,” said his cousin.

Making matters more tragic, Thomas’ 15-year-old sister, Jordyne Craig, was shot and killed last year in West Memphis while walking home from the store. A man was arrested for that crime soon after.

“We’ve lost a lot of folks,” said Thomas’ cousin. “I just want to say rest in peace to him.”

We don’t have any suspect or motive information at this time.

Anyone with any information regarding this shooting is asked to call Crittenden County Crime Stoppers at (870)-732-4444.

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