PINE BLUFF, Ark. — A young man has died after a shooting early Saturday.
The victim has been identified as 18-year-old Christopher Mayzes.
Responders were initially called to the 3700 block of West Short 3rd Street just before 5:00 a.m.
Mayzes was able to tell police he was shot at a club in the 200 block of South Blake Street.
Police say he then lost consciousness.
Mayzes died at the hospital just after 6:00 a.m. Saturday.
Curtis Smith lives just a street over from where that 911 call came in. From his location on West Short 3rd Ave., he can easily see 218 S Blake St., the old Earnesto’s building that now houses an unnamed club, and the entrance to W Short 2nd. Police believe Mayzes’ shooting and death occurred somewhere in that immediate area.
“I’ve had a business right here on this corner for 16 years,” Smith explained. In that time, he says he’s seen everything from break-ins to shootings, like what happened Saturday morning.
“I got up and went to my back window and looked down,” Smith recalls, waking up early Saturday after hearing the pops of gunshots, “and I saw all the police officers and everything surrounding [the club]. I heard a bunch of gunshots about 3:30, 3:15, somewhere along in there.”
He says he believes the system is “broken”, and that something needs to be done to stop the cycle of crime in Pine Bluff. He adds that once the sun goes down, he stays in for the night for his own safety. “I don’t come out my door and it’s not because I don’t want to, it’s because there’s so much going on.”
A security guard for the club said the shooting Saturday morning didn’t happen inside the building, but rather in front of it, with those involved taking off across the street and towards 2nd Ave. A neighbor nearby adds that this is not the first incident that has happened at the building, and that he wishes something more would be done.
There is no word yet on who is responsible, or a motive for the shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to call the detective office at 870-730-2090 or the dispatch center at 870-541-5300.
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