LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Little Rock police are investigating the city's 42nd homicide of the year after two others were killed over the weekend.
The body of 27-year-old Antwon Bryant was found about 10 feet from the interstate around 9:30 a.m. on Monday at 28th and Commerce.
The numbers of homicides by August of this year matches last year's total number of homicides at 42.
Around 3:30 a.m. near the 500 block of East Roosevelt, Little Rock police got a call regarding shots fired. They responded to the area, but said they didn't find anything.
Bryant was found later below I-30 and just steps from Frontage Road. He had multiple gunshot wounds to his body.
The Homicide Unit was out in full-force looking for witnesses who may have heard or seen anything.
But as the numbers of murders increases in the city, the number of homicide detectives remains the same. Lieutenant Steve McClanahan reiterated that it's time for the community to "step up" and come forward rather than running away from police.
"If we catch somebody for murder, and we make an arrest, and they are convicted; they are going to go away for a long time. They're not going to be a problem for your kids, for your grandkids, your loved ones, or your friends. So, the main objective here is to get good cooperation from witnesses and victims that are shot so we can stop this or hold those responsible that are committing the crimes. Then put them away where they belong,” said McClanahan.
Bryant’s body was found only blocks away from 31st and Main where a popular bouncer was killed.
In fact, McClanahan said it appears the crime has been creeping east, away from the southwest part of the city plagued with homicides.
He said detectives are investigating whether or not any of these crimes are connected.
We reached out for comment on the violence to Mayor Mark Stodola, the city manager, and City Director for Ward 1 Erma Hendrix, but none returned our calls.