Calls for better policing follow shooting at Little Rock nightclub
By Jennifer Cruz
Police close several blocks downtown as they investigate a shooting at a Little Rock club that left 28 injured. (Photo: Fox News)
Arkansas lawmakers are re-thinking strategies to better enforce gun laws and penalties for violations after a Little Rock nightclub shooting left 28 people injured on Saturday.
Authorities say the shooting erupted at the Power Ultra Lounge because an argument escalated between two rival gangs who have an ongoing dispute, which has also been the subject of a number of other shootings in the area. Despite one man arrested for unrelated gun charges, no one has been charged in the nightclub shooting.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola expressed his and the community’s frustration that “time, resources, and coordination are not yet yielding the results we want.” The city has seen a bump in homicides, with 29 so far compared to 19 this time last year. “This was not an act of terrorism, but a terrible local tragedy and does not appear to have been a planned out shooting,” he said. “It appears that this was a disagreement — amongst a small subset of individuals at a concert — that turned violent because of the presence of existing rivalries and weapons.”