One injured after shooting on nightclub parking lot


A Pine Bluff man was shot early Sunday morning and a second man arrested after an incident at a nightclub on University Avenue.

Carl Rabun, 50, allegedly shot Eliljah Hopkins after a dispute inside the club over paying for drinks, Detective Larry Gailey said in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Monday.

The incident was reported at 3:25 a.m. at the Cedar Cabin, and witnesses took a gun away from Rabun and held him until police arrived.

Gailey reported that Hopkins and another person were working at the bar and Rabun was escorted out after the disagreement.

After Rabun was removed from the business, he reportedly stayed on the parking lot and when Hopkins went outside to talk to him, Rabun allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Hopkins in the chest.

Hopkins was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he was reportedly in serious condition.

Gailey reported that Rabun was intoxicated and detectives were not able to interview him immediately. Later, when they tried to question him, he asked for a lawyer.

Records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Rabun had multiple prior felony convictions starting in the 1990s.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for Rabun after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree battery and with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Rabun said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court March 11.

In addition to setting the bond, Kearney ordered Rabun to have no contact with Hopkins until the case is settled.