MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A shooting in Marianna, Arkansas left one person dead and four injured on Saturday night.
According to Arkansas State Police, around 11:00 p.m., Marianna Police responded to a shooting call in the parking lot of O’Reilly Auto Parts on Chestnut Street.
A man was airlifted to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, and his condition is currently unknown.
A woman was airlifted to UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock and is in critical condition.
Another man and a woman were taken to two different hospitals before they were both airlifted to UAMS Medical Center. Both individuals are also in critical condition.
Olansa Bender, 37, of Jonesboro, was taken to Forrest City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He was then taken to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, where his manner and cause of death will be determined.
LaShuan GistBey was a vendor at the car show. He says after the show ended, the crowd turned Chestnut Street into a block party. “People were parking their cars, and the crowd grew bigger and bigger.”
The city has a population of just over 4,000. Locals said tens of thousands were in town for the Memorial Day weekend, overwhelming the city’s small police force.
GistBey said that while most of the victims were not from Marianna, the locals stepped up to help after the shots rang out. “The city didn’t have enough help. It took the locals to get everybody back to get the ambulance in.”
This is still an ongoing investigation, but Marianna Police Department has asked Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to investigate the shooting. As of now, no arrests have been made.