Police & Fire

2 charged in Arkadelphia shooting incident

By JOEL PHELPS | The Arkadelphian

A fight outside an Arkadelphia business that escalated to shots being fired has resulted in felony charges against two Arkansas men.

Dtorriond Dchristophermani Gordon, 20, of Camden, and Jaquwan Rainey, 19, of Little Rock, were arrested soon after their involvement in a Nov. 12 altercation that spilled over into a shooting on Pine Street, based on court documents released on Dec. 20.

Officers with the Arkadelphia Police Department were dispatched to Walmart that evening for a fight and, upon arrival, interfered in the altercation. It was noted in the affidavit that a firearm had fallen to the ground during the altercation but had been secured in a private vehicle. Rainey and an unnamed person were issued citations and instructed not to return to Walmart.

About 45 minutes later a 911 call summoned police to Stuckey’s at 3111 Pine St. for a complaint of shots being fired, and a search began for the suspect vehicle.

The victim and his juvenile sister, meanwhile, had returned to their residence. It was there that he relayed his account of the story, saying he was approached by one of the suspects at Stuckey’s, where a masked suspect allegedly lifted his shirt to reveal a handgun in his waistband, prompting him to leave the area. The victim said that, from there, he was followed to the intersection of 26th and Caddo streets, that he heard three gunshots on the 2700 block of Caddo, and that his back glass had shattered before he sped away to safety.

Police were able to locate the suspect vehicle at Citgo Food Mart, 3039 Pine St. Officers learned from a female in the party that she and another female were left at Stuckey’s while the men went to “take care of business.” Following that “business” the men apparently returned to Stuckey’s in order to pick up the females, then stopped at yet another convenience station.

Back at the victim’s residence, police observed three bullet holes in the victim’s pickup truck — one through the tailgate, one in the passenger side of the rear bumper, and one in the top of the cab where it connects to the rear window. One spent bullet was found in the bed of the truck and collected as evidence.

At the Citgo station police searched the suspects and their vehicle and reportedly found a .40 caliber pistol in Rainey’s pants pocket, as well as a live round and a magazine in the vehicle.

Police learned during an interrogation that Rainey had fired the shots as Gordon drove the vehicle, according to the affidavit. The pair were ultimately arrested and transported to the Clark County Detention Center. Bond for both men was later set at $120,000.

Rainey has since been released from custody and is scheduled for a court appearance Wednesday on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct for his involvement in the Walmart fight. Prosecutors are charging Rainey with one count of terroristic act, a Class B felony.

Gordon remains in custody, according to online jail records. He is being charged with a terroristic act and terroristic threatening, the latter of which is a Class A misdemeanor.