Little Rock police investigate 3 shootings around state fairgrounds

Three people were injured in shootings near the state fairgrounds in Little Rock on Saturday. (KATV)

Shootings left three people injured in a roughly 2-square-mile area of Little Rock near the state fairgrounds on Saturday, police reported.

Officers were first called at 3:05 a.m. to 1515 Peyton St., a residential area south of West 12th Street. A woman had reported seeing a man with his pants around his ankles who was trying to climb inside a garbage can and trying to get into her car, according to a police report.

Officers reportedly found Jimmie Clark Jr., 19, lying on the ground at the address. He'd been shot multiple times in his right leg and once in his stomach. Police said there was a "fist-sized amount of his intestines" that had come out of the gunshot wound in Clark's stomach.

Police said Clark was taken to UAMS Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. Information on his condition was unavailable.

Officers were called to two other shootings in the area at 11 p.m.

Ronald Lea, 52, told investigators two men had approached him and opened fire as he was getting out of his car at 2608 S. Booker St., just north of West Roosevelt Road, according to a police report. Lea was struck in his left arm. He reportedly drove to the nearby Pulaski County jail for help. He was taken to UAMS Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Another man, Javarus Murry, 24, reportedly told police he was walking on West Roosevelt Road just north of the Barton Coliseum when a black sport utility vehicle traveled past him several times. Someone in the vehicle started shooting and struck Murry in the left arm. Murry was in stable condition at UAMS Medical Center, police reported.

It was unclear Tuesday whether the shootings were connected.

A resident called police earlier Saturday to report that two or three people had been walking down Peyton Street wearing masks and that one of them had a gun. They were seen circling the area in a white car.

Police are investigating.

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