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A Saline County man and three Little Rock men have been arrested in connection with a Jan. 30 shooting in Alexander that put two of the four men in area hospitals.
â€¢Joshua Green, 32, of Little Rock, who faces charges of tampering with evidence, hindering apprehension, and two counts of attempted capital murder. As of press time, he remains in the Saline County jail on a $100,000 bond.
â€¢Jamar "Little Baby" Williams, 25, of Little Rock, who faces charges of possession of a firearm by a certain person and two counts of attempted capital murder. As of press time, he remains in the Saline County jail on a $100,000 bond.
â€¢Jason Harcourt, 32, of Little Rock, who faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute (greater than 10 grams). However, authorities said additional charges are forthcoming and that he was released to the custody of the Arkansas Department of Correction for a parole violation.
â€¢John Hayes, 51, of Alexander, who faces charges of possession of a firearm by a certain person, and two counts of attempted capital murder. Hayes was released from custody after posting a $150,000 bond, but Alexander Police Chief Horace Walters told the media on Friday that residents in Alexander need not worry.
"Between the sheriff's deputies and Alexander police, we will take care of our residents," he said. "I will assure people that (the area around Hayes' home) will be completely covered with Alexander police presence and with sheriff's deputies."
It was about 3:45 p.m. Monday when Alexander police responded to Violet Cove and Lindsey Drive â€” in front of Hayes' home â€” after 911 calls of multiple shots. Police said that Harcourt began arguing with Hayes when both men began shooting at each other. Green then joined and started shooting at Harcourt, and Williams then started shooting at Green.
Authorities said that between the four of them, there were at least 15-20 shots fired, and possibly up to as many as 30 shots fired. Each men was using a semi-automatic handgun at close range, but only two men were struck. Harcourt was struck with five bullets, while Hayes had only a single gunshot wound.
Hayes, Green and Williams fled the area before police arrived, but detectives, with help from eyewitnesses, were able to obtain a license plate number that was found to be an SUV owned by Green. Williams also reportedly fled in the SUV with Green.
Alexander police found Harcourt lying in a yard, and he was transported to a Little Rock hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the five bullets. Thirty minutes later, authorities received information that Hayes was at Saline Memorial Hospital Emergency Room for removal of the single bullet.
Sheriff's detectives also took over the investigation and found ICE-methamphetamine and "several" $100 bills around the area that the shooting took place. Detectives also said that when Green was taken into custody, he had four weapons on him that they believe were used in the Monday shooting. Walters also told The Saline Courier that Harcourt and Williams are suspects in the shooting of a man in another county during a home invasion, which Walters said actually happened on the same day as the Alexander shooting incident.
Sheriff Bruce Pennington said this shooting was "a drug deal gone bad," but he was thankful that no innocent bystanders were struck with bullets. He also said that Hayes previously was arrested twice at that home for drug and property crimes.
"It was pretty horrific for the people living out there to see that," Pennington said of the neighborhood residents. "They were terrified and people kept asking if it was safe for them to stay in their homes that night. But they definitely have the assurance that the chief will help keep them safe."
Walters also reminded residents that these problems have been in that area before he was hired by the city two years ago. He also said that methamphetamine crimes are a "major problem for everyone in the nation" and that unfortunately these crimes can take place anywhere.
Anyone with information concerning this case, or other related crimes, is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 303-5609 during normal business hours, or 911 after hours.
The Saline Courier will continue to follow this story as it develops.