HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. -- Kevin Banks was charged with first-degree murder Friday in Thursday's shooting that tore apart a family in Helena-West Helena, police confirmed.
A man police described as a person-of-interest was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after allegedly shooting his brother-in-law dead and wounding two of his sisters.
It happened around 2:30 p.m. at a home on 5th Street.
Police told WREG 43-year-old Gregory White was shot on the porch with his sisters and ran inside where he collapsed.
"Him [Gregory] and my brother, you know what I mean, they had been into it with each other for a while," said Samuel Wallace, the alleged shooter's brother.
"The guy had even mentioned that he was gonna destroy the family," added Wallace.
But Wallace said he never once took that threat literally.
"I didn’t know the dude was that messed up," he said.
“Something just a bad spirit come over him today ‘cause that had to been what it was. Had to been a bad spirit come over him and he just went head on and proceeded with what he had said he was gonna do," he said.
Police wouldn't release the alleged shooter's name until charges are filed. Chief James Smith said police haven't yet had an opportunity to question him.
Neighbor James Brownlee said when he arrived home he saw paramedics carting off one of the two surviving victims, both of whom remained in noncritical condition at Regional Medical Center in Memphis as of Thursday evening.\
Bond was set at $250,000.