2 dead in Gould; double-homicide suspected

Gould police are investigating an apparent double homicide that occurred at about 8:24 p.m. Monday when two men who were known as friends apparently shot each other.

Gould Police Chief William El-Amin said he responded to a 911 call from 501 W. Star Street and had to break into a screen door to gain entry into the residence.

Inside he found Roland O’Neal, 65, who lived at the residence, with a gunshot wound to the chest, and Roscoe T. Mitchell, 56, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Both men were still alive when El-Amin arrived.

“Mr. Roscoe was the one who called 911,” said El-Amin. “He was talking when we were there but he didn’t mention anything about what had happened, what transpired at the scene. He was just saying that he needed to go to the hospital. I asked him several times but he wouldn’t say exactly what happened.”

El-Amin said O’Neal did not speak when he arrived.

O’Neal was taken by ambulance to Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Mitchell was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, where he died a short time later.

El-Amin said he recovered two handguns from the scene inside the house.

“I’m trying to piece this thing together as far as to why they were shooting each other,” El-Amin said.

“They were buddies. They had been drinking but there was no sign of anybody playing cards, no gambling or nothing. I’m trying to figure out what escalated to make them do that. These were close-range shots.”

The chief said there were no witnesses to the shooting except for hearing gunshots.

“It’s still under investigation,” El-Amin said. “Both bodies have been sent to the State Crime Lab for autopsies and I’m waiting on the medical examiner’s report. Evidence from the scene has also been sent to the Crime Lab for forensics and I’m waiting on the report. Right now it’s being treated as a double homicide until I get the finals from the Crime Lab.