Joshua Joyce (Photo: West Memphis Police Department)
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (KTHV) - A teen was injured during a shooting at the West Memphis Performing Arts Center.
According to CID Commander Captain Ken Mitchell, around 8:08 p.m. Feb. 23, Quincy Sanders, 19, was struck one time in the lower leg and was taken by a personal vehicle to Crittenden Regional Hospital.
Mitchell said a 17-year-old was arrested shortly afterward and charged with first-degree battery and possession of a handgun on school property. A second person, Joshua Joyce, 19, of West Memphis, was also arrested and charged with possession of a handgun on school property. Joyce is currently being held at the Crittenden County Detention Center in lieu of $175,000.00 bond.
The shooting, Mitchell said, stemmed from a verbal argument outside the center and turned physical when one of the people involved produced a handgun and fired multiple shots at one of the other parties involved.
Mitchell said the program being held at the Center was put on by the non-profit organization, L.E.A.D. (Life Enrichment and Development), and was commemorating Black History Month. The program was not a West Memphis School District sponsored event.
West Memphis Police have issued warrants for the alleged shooter. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Sgt. Stacy Allen at the West Memphis Police Department Detective Division at (870) 732-7525.