No city permit for nightclub where Franklin shot

According to the Pine Bluff City Collector’s Office, there is no business license for the location where Jefferson County Justice of the Peace Lloyd Franklin II was shot Saturday night.

Franklin was shot in the face on the parking lot of the old Greyhound Bus station, located at 221 W. Fourth Ave., and is being treated in a Little Rock hospital.

Records at the Jefferson County Assessor’s Office indicate that Franklin purchased the building from E. W. Moon on Aug. 16, 2012, for $18,000.

Franklin was among the critics of a failed August proposal by Mayor Debe Holllingsworth that have would required bars and private clubs to close by 1 a.m.

At that time, Franklin said he had spent money to remodel the building and hoped to open a nightclub there.

Franklin also said that “clubs offer good entertainment to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students.”

A police report on Franklin’s shooting said there had been a fight inside the former bus station and employees had escorted a group of people out, then pepper-sprayed them when they continued fighting.

After closing the doors, a witness said he heard “25 to 30 gunshots,” then saw Franklin running toward him “holding his face with blood running down his face.”

The former bus station was also the location of a fight Saturday night involving a man who was found dead in his home Sunday morning.

Police said Antonio Jenkins, 23, was involved in an altercation with Kenneth Burton, 21, inside the former bus station. Police said Burton struck Jenkins in the head at least once.

The Arkansas State Medical Examiner said Jenkins’ death was the result of blunt force trauma to the head, and Burton was arrested on probable cause of second-degree murder.

Police have said an investigation has so far revealed no connection between the two incidents. No prior incidents have been reported at the location, according to police.