Marion Police investigating ‘shots fired’ incident at convenience store

Williams: ‘We are taking this very seriously’

By Ralph Hardin ralphhardin@gmail.com

Marion Police are investigating an incident that tool place Monday evening in the Marion Shell Station/McDonald’s parking lot in which shots were fired, although no one was hurt. “From what we have learned so far, there was an argument,” said Marion Detective Lt. Freddy Williams. “It was a group argument. Someone came over from the McDonald’s and started firing a gun in the direction of the gas pumps.” Williams said that a gas pump was struck by a bullet. Rounds hit one vehicle, a car, and a Jeep may have also been struck. “We are investigating the incident,” Williams said. “And we are taking this very seriously. When it comes to gunfire, just a difference of a few inches either way and someone could have been seriously injured or even killed. We are hoping to get some input from the community about it and seeing if we can develop a suspect and make an arrest.” Williams said the person of interest in the case was wearing a red hoodie and red pants, possibly a warm-up suit. Outside of that, police are still building a profile of the shooter. “If anyone knows anything about the incident or has other pertinent information, we’d appreciate the input,” he said. “They can call up to the Police Station or call Crime Stoppers. We’ll keep their names confidential.” Williams added that the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Office was ready to help with extra patrols in the area. “We’re going to keep an eye on our local businesses, parking lots, that part of town,” he said. “We take the protection of the citizens of Marion very seriously We want everyone to be safe.” Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Crittenden County Crime Stoppers at (870) 732-4444, or the Marion Police Department at (870) 739-5411 with information. The Crittenden County Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. All calls will be kept confidential.

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