Pine Bluff, Arkansas – The Arkansas State Police have been called in to investigate a shooting that involved a Pine Bluff police officer who shot a gunman encountered by the officer outside a downtown party site where gunfire had erupted minutes earlier.
Pine Bluff authorities responded to reports of a shooting at the Sahara Shriners Temple located at 820 Main Street around 1 a.m. Sunday morning.
A local police officer responding to the sound of gunshots ‘encountered a man holding a gun exiting the Shriner’s Temple. Inside the location, at least eight people had already sustained gunshot wounds,’ State Police said.
The officer shot the unknown man who was later identified as Duane A. Everett, 24, of Eudora (Chicot County). Everett was wounded and transported to a hospital for medical attention, then later released.
State police special agents are trying to determine why Everett was armed and what he may know about the shootings that occurred prior to the arrival of Pine Bluff police.
There is no known motive for the initial gunfire, nor were there any updates on the conditions of the victims.
According to FOX16, just over ‘an hour after the shooting at the Sahara Shriners Temple, officers responded to reports of a shooting at the intersection of University Drive and Pullen Avenue. Police said four people were injured in that shooting, with two people in critical condition early Sunday.’