Pine Bluff police are investigating a Thursday night murder that happened just south of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus.

A PBPD news release issued Friday said that at around 10:14 p.m. Thursday, they were notified of a person lying in the street near Vaugine and Hickory.

Near that intersection they found 46-year-old John Stepps lying close to his car. Stepps had suffered gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene by Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher at 11:46 p.m. The cause of death was listed as a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said Friday the body has been sent to the State Medical Examiners Office for an autopsy.

Anyone with information regarding this is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090 or dispatch at 870-541-5300.

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