For the second time in just over 24 hours, two people have been shot to death, this time on a rural road near Tucker.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley identified the victims as Rodney Scaife, 34, and Trevarland Smith, 34, both from North Little Rock. Jefferson County Sheriff's Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr., said in a press release that deputies responded to a reported shooting Friday at about 9 p.m. on Highway 15 north at Tucker.
Deputy Coroner Eric Belcher pronounced Scaife dead at the scene at 9:42 p.m. Smith was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by ambulance and was pronounced dead by a doctor in the Emergency Room at 9:20 p.m. The cause of death for both was listed as gunshot wounds and Kelley said both bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for autopsies Sunday.
The shooting suspect has been identified as 27-year-old Joshua Lasley of Altheimer. Lasley fleed from the scene immediately following the shooting and is still at-large. He is being sought by investigators for two counts of murder. Lasley is considered armed and dangerous.
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Meanwhile, Pine Bluff Police are continuing their investigation into the deaths of two teenagers Thursday.
Kelley pronounced Keandre Johnson, 17, dead at 4:33 p.m. Johnson was found inside a car that had run into a ditch at 24th Avenue and Fir Street while police were searching the area after the second victim, identified as Kelvonte K. Trammell, 17, arrived at the hospital emergency room in a private vehicle with gunshot wounds. Trammell was pronounced dead at about 5:30 p.m. The cause of death for both was listed as gunshot wounds.
A second person, who arrived in the vehicle with Trammell, had also been shot and received what police described as “non-life threatening injuries. His name was not available.
In a press release late Thursday, Police Lt. David De Foor said when the gunshot victims in the car arrived at the hospital, “there was a lot of emotion and a disturbance.”
One of the people who was in the car was later identified as Deondrick Clark, who in February was charged with capital murder in the December 2017 shooting death of Willie Oglesby Jr., 28, whose body was found inside a car that was sitting in the street in the area of West 29th Avenue and Hazel Street. Belcher pronounced Oglesby dead at the scene and listed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the back. Clark was out n a $250,000 secured bond.
According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective DeShawn Bennett, Clark was standing beside the front door of the car, a white Dodge Charger and appeared “dazed and shocked.”
Two other people, described as juveniles were also beside the car while the driver ran from the scene.
Bennett reported that a black backpack containing three handguns, one of them which had been reported stolen, was found on the front passenger side floorboard. The two juveniles, who were interviewed with a parent present, both said they were in the car when shots were fired in the area of West 24th Avenue and Fir Street and both said Clark had been sitting in the front passenger seat. The car had also reportedly been stolen.
Clark was not interviewed after he asked for an attorney.
On Friday, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 cash only bond for Clark after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge him with two counts of theft by receiving.