A Jefferson County justice of the peace was shot early Sunday morning outside a nightclub in downtown Pine Bluff.
According to a police report, District 5 Justice of the Peace Lloyd Franklin II, 34, was shot in the face and was taken by a private vehicle to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by a private vehicle. He was later transferred to a Little Rock hospital for treatment.
Jefferson County Judge Dutch King said Monday he went to the Little Rock hospital Sunday after being unable to get any information about Franklin on the phone.
“I saw Lloyd and his parents and he seemed to be doing pretty well,” King said. “I don’t know how long he is going to be in the hospital but I think he is going to be all right.”
An attempt to get a condition report on Franklin from a hospital spokeswoman Monday was unsuccessful.
The shooting occurred at the old Greyhound Bus Station at 212 W. Fourth Ave. Police were called at 1:54 a.m. Sunday.
Officer Christopher Fontenette said in the report that when he and other officers arrived, he followed a blood trail west of the building to a parking lot where the shooting occurred.
Two witnesses told police they had broken up a fight inside the building and pushed the individuals involved outside the door. The individuals started to fight again and one of the witnesses said he sprayed pepper spray to control the crowd, then closed the doors to protect the people inside the club from the pepper spray.
One of the witnesses told police that after a few minutes, he heard “25 to 30 gunshots,” then noticed Franklin running toward him “with blood running down his face.”
The second witness told police he saw a white car, unknown make or model, on the corner of West Third Avenue and Chestnut Street when he heard several more shots being fired.
The club was also the location of an earlier altercation involving Antonio Jenkins, 23, who was taken home by family members and later found unresponsive on a couch at a house in the 2800 block of Florida Street Sunday morning. Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene and the body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause and manner of death.
Police spokesman Lt. David Price said Monday that officers are trying to determine whether the two incidents were related, but so, far have no evidence to indicate that.
Anyone with information about the Franklin shooting is asked to contact the Detective Division at 870-730-2090. All calls will be kept confidential.