Local authorities were still seeking multiple suspects today at press time in the shooting death of a Hope man and the stabbing and burning injury of another.
The second victim, Lamario Henderson, 24, of Hope, remained in the burn unit Tuesday at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La., in fair condition, according to hospital information.
Police are seeking multiple suspects and a black Dodge Magnum with Texas license plates in the investigation into the shooting death Monday morning of Roger Hall, 36, of Hope, and the injury of Henderson.
Hope Police Chief J. R. Wilson had little to say regarding the investigation late Monday.
“I think at this point we're not prepared to say much of anything else,” Wilson said. “We are pursuing several leads at this point.”
Authorities were called to a Hall's residence on North Greening Street in the predawn hours Monday in response to what Wilson said could be characterized as a home invasion shooting. When police arrived at the residence in the 1000 block of North Greening Street about 2:45 a.m., Hall was found lying on the floor and suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Witnesses have told police that several unknown and masked suspects were involved, however, Wilson declined to comment on how the shooting of Hall and stabbing and burning injuries to Henderson occurred.
“There are things that we don't want to state at this point that, if made public, might hurt the investigation,” he said.
Henderson was transported to LSU Medical with multiple lacerations and burn wounds, according to police.
Wilson also declined to comment further about the black Dodge Magnum with Texas license plates which appears to have been involved in the crime. He said he was not certain how long the investigation might require or whether any arrests might be forthcoming quickly.
However, police are soliciting information about this incident from the public. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Daniel Lauterbach at 870-722-2576, or Lieutenant Jimmy Courtney at 870-722-2560.
Hempstead County Coroner Ben Brazzel said that he was called to Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope shortly after 4 a.m. Monday, where he pronounced Hall dead. Brazzel said an official determination of cause and manner of death will be required from the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.
Brazzel said his initial ruling is that Hall died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds.