Three suspects were in jail Tuesday afternoon, and police were questioning a fourth and looking for a fifth in connection with the shooting death of a woman at an apartment complex Monday night.
According to the intake log at the adult detention center, Kendal Porter, 23, Fitzpatrick Kemp, 34, and Michael Rentals, 19, were being held on probable cause of capital murder pending further investigation and the filing of charges.
The identities of the other individuals allegedly involved were not immediately available.
Porter, Kemp and Rentals are being held in the death of Carol Baker, 54, who was pronounced dead at 11:47 p.m. Monday by Chief Deputy Coroner David Westbrook. The cause of death was listed as gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said the body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office at Little Rock on Tuesday for an autopsy.
The death was the 1th homicide of the year in Jefferson County and the eighth inside the Pine Bluff city limits.
Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks said a witness reported that as many as six or seven people were involved in the shooting, which occurred at the Lakeview Apartments at 509 W. Barraque St. Investigators recovered shell casings of four different calibers, Hubanks said.
Hubanks said witnesses reported that the incident occurred when a group of men went to the apartment complex looking for another individual and confronted Baker and her grandchildren's daughter***, who was not identified, outside an apartment there. Two small children were also there. One, a 4-year-old was asleep in a car, while a second, an eight-year-old, was with Baker and the other woman, according to witnesses.
“When they heard the person they were looking for wasn’t there, they just started shooting,” Hubanks said. “(Baker) was shot and the other people were not hit.”
Hubanks said Baker “lived there and she had a right to be there. She died for nothing.
She didn’t do anything to bring this on and I don’t intend to see this kind of thing repeated,” Hubanks said.
Police are continuing their investigation and anyone with information should contact the Detective Division at 730-2090. All calls will be kept confidential.
• • •
***This article has been corrected from its original version because a relationship was incorrectly described. Click here for the correction notice.