Arrest made in shooting incident


A reported shooting at a car wash on the west side of Pine Bluff Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man whose car was identified as having been at the scene.

During a court hearing Friday, Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said Josinnie Johnson and Richard Pryor told officers they were at the car wash at Miramar and Bay streets when a maroon Chevrolet Caprice driven by Ivan Whaley pulled up and Whaley, 27, reportedly gave a handgun to another person who fired shots at the car Johnson and Pryor were in.

Detective Brad Vilches reported that neither Johnson or Pryor were hit by the shots, but the car they were in had two bullet holes in it.

Johnson and Pryor left the car wash and went to 13th Avenue and Blake Street where they called police and reported the incident.

Vilches reported that the car driven by Whaley had the number 24 on it, and police found the car in the 1400 block of West 17th Avenue later in the afternoon.

Whaley reportedly denied being involved, claiming he had seen a man fire shots at the car, then run toward the apartments near the car wash.

At Ramsey’s request, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Whaley after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with committing a terroristic act.

Kearney also ordered Whaley to have no contact with Johnson or Pryor until the case is settled and told him to come back to court Nov. 16.

Whaley said he would hire his own attorney.