One dead, three others injured after shots fired into crowd at Arkansas event

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HELENA -WEST HELENA, Ark. — One person was killed and several others injured after a shooting late Sunday evening at an event in Helena-West Helena.

Police identified the man killed as Markell Jetter, 45.

It happened in the parking lot of the Helena Barber and Beauty Shop around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to authorities, people were leaving an event held by rapper Freddie Gladney Jr., who goes by the name Bankroll Freddie, when shots were fired into the crowd.

The man who owns the business said it was a Fourth of July gathering.

When first responders arrived on the scene they found four people had been injured. They were taken to the Helena Regional Hospital where one of the victims died. Another man had to be airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis while two other victims were treated and released.

Ten hours after the shooting, emotions were still running high. Family members of the victims didn’t want to talk on camera and neither did anyone there when it happened. They did tell us the shots came from the top of a nearby hill across the street.

Some of the bullets also hit nearby cables and knocked out some phone lines.

Arkansas State Police are assisting with the homicide investigation and asking anyone who has any information that could help them to contact the Helena-West Helena Police Department at (870) 572-3441.

Police say they are following up on some leads, but no other new information Monday afternoon.

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