One person was killed and a second wounded as a result of a shooting incident in central Pine Bluff late Monday morning.
According to a news release from Pine Bluff Police Officer Richard Wegner, officers responded to the intersection of 26th and Olive Street at about 11:30 a.m. in reference to a shooting.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the victim as Courtney Cortez Lane, 29, of Pine Bluff. Lane was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:58 a.m. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds; Kelley said the body would be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office Tuesday for an autopsy.
The other adult male was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. His name has not been released.
According to The Commercial’s archives, Lane was arrested April 14 on charges of theft by receiving and on a parole hold. In May 2016, Lane was a passenger in a car that was shot multiple times as the vehicle crossed the railroad tracks on West 13th Avenue. He was apparently not injured.
At press time, there was no suspect information available but police have released a photo of a vehicle of interest from a surveillance camera that captured the shooting.
“Due to the graphic nature of the video, it is not being released at this time but a still image has been released in the hopes someone will be able to identify the persons responsible for this murder,” the news release said.
This was the 17th homicide of the year in Pine Bluff and the first since Aug. 28, when Jamonte Smith, 20, was shot in the chest and taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Lecole Wilson, 20, was arrested at the scene and is being held on probable cause of first-degree murder pending the filing of formal charges.
Through the first nine months of 2017, 20 homicides had been reported. The city finished the year with 28.
“The area of 26th and Olive Street at the time this occurred is a very busy street,” Wegner said in the press release. “We are asking for the citizens who witnessed this to come forward and provide what information they saw. Anyone with information can contact the detective division at (870) 730-2090.
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