Man arrested in Sunday shooting


An investigation into a shooting incident Sunday morning at an apartment on the west side of Pine Bluff resulted in the arrest of a man who was allegedly involved.

William James, 39, allegedly shot Gary McBride inside an apartment at 2611 W. 34th Ave., after a disagreement between the two about several women.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said that when police arrived at the apartment, McBride was bleeding from a wound to the left leg.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Cassandra McAfee, three women who were at a party with McBride and James told officers they had taken McBride home to cook breakfast for them when James showed up.

Earlier, James and McBride had allegedly argued at the party and McBride told James to leave because he was causing problems, McAfee said in the affidavit.

Kizer said that when James is a convicted felon and that when he was arrested, he had a .380-caliber Ruger handgun in his possession.

According to information from the prosecutor’s office, James has convictions for theft by receiving, aggravated robbery, theft of property and second-degree escape from 1990 to 1998.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 bond for James after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The judge also ordered James to have no contact with McBride until the case is settled.