Most crime stories in the news got there because the police sent out a press release about it. No press releases were sent out about the following incidents, so these stories weren’t really in the news (with some exceptions). In this bit you’ll find a sample of what you might not be hearing about in this town. A sample taken during only 3 hours this Saturday night.
Today (Thursday), a FH reader asked me if I knew about a large disturbance that might have happened at St. Vincent ER around midnight Saturday. So, I reviewed JUST THREE HOURS of police scanner recordings from Saturday night looking for info about a disturbance at St. Vincent Hospital. While looking for it I found several unrelated but interesting stories before finding the one in question. I’ve included police reports on the more serious incidents at the bottom of the page.
A) Report of a bleeding man knocking on someone’s door claiming “He had been stabbed in the back of the head.” (This turned out to be unrelated to the St. Vincent story).
B) A couple at River Market claiming to be robbed: The girl’s purse was stolen and the boyfriend was beaten. The 6 assailants then ran across the Broadway bridge into NLR. (This turned out to be unrelated to the St. Vincent story too).
C) There was a VERY LARGE house party at 1819 s Taylor. One person was shot. Police arriving at the scene estimated a crowd of between 300-400 people. Before police arrived, one of the partiers had started shooting his gun in the air and yelled ”Who wants some!” and then started shooting at people in the crowd and at vehicles. A teenager (from Donaghey avenue in Conway) was hit in the thigh while running away. He was laying face down in the street when police got there. ( I thought surely this would be related to the St. Vincent story, right? – No. — This victim was taken to Baptist.)
D) Hit and Run. There was a report that a white lexus, with Hendrix College plates, totaling someones’s car at Evergreen and University then fled the scene. They got the plate number. (But no, this was not related to the St. Vincent story either)
E) Double shooting near the Pizza Hut across from UALR on University. Two teenagers shot. (Finally, the beginning of the St. Vincent story).
Both shooting victims arrived at St. Vincent Hospital in separate vehicles (not ambulances) and left a considerable trail of blood. One was shot in the chest, the other was reportedly shot in the groin and the arm. A large crowd followed the victims from the Pizza Hut area to the ER and made a big disturbance such that the hospital issued a “code grey” alert. The police on the scene appeared very nervous on the radio and called for immediate backup, which arrived quickly and in large numbers to calm the scene.
A witness at the shooting site claimed that the victims had been in an on-going disturbance with the shooter whom they had encountered earlier at a party. The suspect was identified but not located.You can read the police reports on the Taylor street shooting and the Pizza Hut area shooting. (Note: the address shown on the report is 3200 s University, which is a Shell Station 3 doors down from the Pizza Hut, not at the Pizza Hut.
An employee at St. Vincent, claims that an ER staff member gave her the following narrative:
“The first car arrived there at the hospital with a whole crew of people trailing along with him he had gotten blood all over the ER when the code grey was called in the hospital (which btw mean security is needed) then a panic button was pushed in the ER and the ER was locked down.“
LRPD communications officer Davis told me that she had no incident report regarding a matter at St. Vincent. Earlier, I had written that there was an unconfirmed rumor circulating among hospital staff that there might have been a shooting near the ER, this shooting apparently didn’t happen.
Oh, this is a tweet somebody forwarded me 4 days before the Taylor street house party. I didn’t think much of it at the time: ”What: #SenselessSaturdays #HousePartyEdition Where:1819 S Taylor St, Little Rock Ladies & Vodka = $0 Fellas = $5″
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