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Names released of victim who died and survivor in Ashdown drive-by shooting

Names released of victim who died and survivor in Ashdown drive-by shooting

July 17th, 2017 by Jim Williamson in Texarkana News

Ashdown, Ark., police have released the names of two gunshot victims in a drive-by shooting early Sunday.

Desmond Smith, 19, of Ashdown died from gunshots wounds that occurred during the drive-by shooting about 1 a.m. Sunday, according to Ashdown Police Chief Mark Ardwin.

Little River County Coroner Roddy Smith pronounced Desmond Smith dead about 2:20 a.m. Sunday in the Little River Memorial Hospital.

Roddy Smith said Desmond Smith was shot in the chest.

The two Smiths are not related.

The gunshot victim who survived was identified as Samari Covington, 19, of Ashdown. Covington was treated for a gunshot wound to an arm and was transferred to a Texarkana hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening wound.

"According to initial reports, several persons in a red Dodge Charger came by a Washington Street house looking for one of the residents. They were told to leave by a relative who suspected they were there to fight," said Ardwin.

"Two guests, Desmond Smith and Samari Covington, went out to the vehicle. Multiple shots were fired from the vehicle striking both of them and two parked cars. The red dodge Charger then drove away. A witness named one of the car's occupants," he said.

Officers recovered several 9 mm shell casings at the scene and notified surrounding law enforcement agencies.

The suspect vehicle was stopped by Sevier County Sheriff deputies and the De Queen Police officer near De Queen several hours later, Ardwin said.

The four occupants of the car were taken into custody without incident. All occupants remain in the Sevier County jail pending formal charges being filed, he said.

Desmond Smith's body will be transported to the Arkansas Crime Lab in Little Rock, Ark., for an autopsy.

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