LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Kentrell D. Gwynn is the first person to be charged in connection to the Power Ultra Lounge shooting in which 28 people were injured.
Gwynn aka "DIRT" is the bodyguard for Ricky Hampton also known as Finese2Tymes. According to an arrest affidavit, Gwynn is facing several charges including Providing a Firearm to a Convicted Felon; Providing Armed Security to a Convicted Felon; and Conspiracy.
U.S. Attorney, Patrick Harris released a statement to THV11 about these new charges saying:
“With gun violence continuing to rise in our communities, the United States Attorney’s office is firmly committed to removing these criminals from the streets as quickly as possible,” Patrick C. Harris, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, said. “The shooting at Power Ultra Lounge was a horrific event that no community should have to experience. As the investigation into the events of that night continues, the people associated with the shooting, including Kentrell Gwynn, will be brought to justice.”
Hampton is the rapper whose concert in Little Rock was the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured on July 1.
According to the arrest affidavit, ATF Special Agents arranged to arrest Hampton who was wanted on an Arkansas felony warrant issued as a result of an incident in Forrest City on June 25.
The rapper was scheduled to perform at Side Effects nightclub in Birmingham, Alabama on the evening of July 1. ATF received information about Hampton's location the following day.
Agents found Hampton in the passenger's seat of a Mercedes Benz parked outside the Alabama club. The driver, Kentrell Gwynn had a "Fugitive Recovery Agent" badge and wore both a ballistic vest and a thigh rig holster with a loaded .40-caliber pistol. Police also found several other weapons and ammunition inside the vehicle at the time of the arrest.
Gwynn was interviewed and advised he was Hampton's bodyguard. He possessed a Tennessee concealed pistol permit and claimed to be a bounty hunter. Gwynn did have a small bag of marijuana on him at the time. He told agents he was guarding Hampton the night of the Power Ultra Lounge shooting but he didn't know if the rapper had a firearm on him. He added he did not shoot at anyone nor did he know who fired the shots.
Hampton admitted to pulling out an AK-style pistol during the Forrest City performance and is aware he is a convicted felon and can't possess a firearm. Hampton said he hired Gwynn as his security guard because he "grew up seeing him" and Gwynn "cares about his life."
On July 11, an Arkansas State Crime Lab Firearm and Tool Mark Examiner confirmed preliminary findings show shell casings fired from Gwynn's .40-caliber pistol matched casings recovered from the Power Ultra Lounge shooting. This is a preliminary determination pending microscopic examination.
Gwynn is scheduled to appear in federal court in the Eastern District of Arkansas on July 18. Hampton is also set to appear in federal court for charges stemming from a separate incident in Forrest City.