LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – There have been 24 homicides in Little Rock this year and the last four all took place in southwest Little Rock.
People in the area are on edge, including Latryn Smith who lives at Cedar Ridge West Apartments where the last homicide happened. “Young people with guns on the street and don't nobody want to fight no more they all just want to shoot.”
Losing a friend is laying heavy on his mind. “I came back and he was laying over there- I called my homeboy and put my phone to his ear while he was still on the ground and let him tell him his last words or whatever.”
Leaving the area is the only solution he has left, “Third shooting that's done happened since I've been out here, I am not even paying rent no more it's a wrap.”
Benx Nguyn lives across the street from where the 22nd homicide occurred, and his truck and windows have been shot at multiple times, instilling fear into his everyday life. “I don't want to go out of my house because I don't know what will happen.”
Crime in southwest Little Rock is actually down for this time of the year, but the number of homicides is up.
According to Little Rock police, 12 of the 24 homicides took place in southwest Little Rock and there is no explanation to the recent pattern. “We'll go one month without a single homicide and then we'll see three in one week.”
Solving these crimes is an effort police are asking the community to help with. “To solve crimes, to have good neighborhoods, good relationships, we have to have open dialogue and we have to have that police community relationship and that’s not going to happen unless people come forward.”
Police say out of the 24 homicides, they have cleared 16 with arrests and they want to remind people that they do have an anonymous line you can call with any tips.