LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Police say two people are dead and a suspect is in custody following a shooting outside a Little Rock nightclub just after midnight Saturday.
According to the Little Rock Police Department, the shooting happened in front of the La Changes nightclub in the 3300 block of Roosevelt Road.
Shortly after noon on Saturday, police officials released an update, clarifying that there were two victims who died in the shooting.
Founder of the the group Stop The Violence Reverend Benny Johnson extended his condolences to the victims’ families.
“My heart goes out to them because they belong to someone’s family,” Johnson said. “We gotta stop the madness, man. When you have a homicide, you lose two. You lose one to the graveyard, you lose one to the system,” he added.
They also identified a suspect in custody, 22-year-old Paul Williams. Officers said Williams faces charges including two counts of first-degree murder. He is being held without bond in the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility.
Eric Crowder-Jones, pastor of Another Chance Church, spent nearly two decades in prison and he believes that there’s always room for people to turn their lives around.
“We’ve got a lot of wayward young people, and we’ve also got a lot of wayward adults,” Jones stated. “Now you’re sitting in a cell with regrets. Wish I could’ve done something different, and you can,” he added.
LRPD officials note that the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.