LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - More information about the rapper whose show ended in a mass shooting is released. 25 people were shot and a total of 28 injured on Saturday, July 1. Remarkably, all lived. Now two days later, not only does the community want answers, they want a solution to the violence.
Still, no arrests have been made in the mass shooting. Finese 2Tymes, or 25-year-old Ricky Hampton, is now a person of interest in this case. Hampton is just one person police want to question. Little Rock police believe more than one person fired a weapon.
“We've never had a situation ever in the Little Rock Police Department where 25 people were shot and 28 injured. That’s not happened," said Lt. Steve McClanahan with the Little Rock Police Department.
A complaint has been filed against Hampton for felon in possession of a firearm. The U.S. Department of Justice tells THV11 that just a week ago, Hampton was leaving a club in Forrest City, Ark. when he began screaming at a person in a car he believed was in his way. We're told the situation escalated and Hampton shot that person in the neck with an AK style pistol. He was also sentenced to eight years in prison in Tennessee for felony aggravated robbery.
“He was the main attraction when the shooting took place, we know he was there," said Lt. McClanahan.
Little Rock police along with city and state leaders are looking at all options to tackle the city's crime problem. McClanahan says city attorneys and undercover officers are looking into these problem areas. The department is looking into criminal abatement and shutting places down that are what Lt. McClanahan calls “a nuisance to the community.”
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola told THV11 this problem can be solved with the help of the entire community. Governor Asa Hutchinson is offering additional state assistance to go after the increasing violence.
“We’ve got too many felons in possession of firearms so we've got to get rid of that," said Mayor Stodola.
The mayor is putting together a task force with the department of community corrections that will include the prosecutor, probation officers, and F.B.I. to talk about what can be done.
“I’m convinced if we reach out and work together, if we come up with smart effective policies and the proper investment of money and some good praying to God, I’m convinced we can see a reduction in the violence that’s going on,” said Mayor Stodola.
Lt. McClanahan believes before the city can ever move forward, the community has to step up. “There are people who can tell us who fired that weapon. we need those people to come forward," said Lt. McClanahan.
The Alcohol Beverage Control Board issued a statement to THV11 saying:
“Outlets that are not concerned with doing things the right way and do not abide by the law and the rules and regulations of ABC will be impacted by it, not just in Little Rock but across the state of Arkansas.”
The ABC board suspended Power Ultra Lounge's permit over the weekend and plans to look at other problem areas across the state.
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