A Hot Springs man was shot to death Monday night in the parking lot of the Valero gas station at the intersection of Grand and Central avenues.
Hot Springs police on Tuesday identified the victim as Derek A. Duvall, 29, and said he was shot once in the chest near the gas pumps at the Valero, located at 1201 Central Ave.
Police officers who responded to the Valero in reference to a reported shooting at around 8:48 p.m. Monday found Duvall lying in the parking lot on the south side of the gas station, police said in a news release Tuesday and at the scene Monday.
Officers administered CPR until LifeNet personnel arrived and continued the CPR efforts, but they were unsuccessful in resuscitating Duvall and he was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.
Hot Springs police Cpl. Kirk Zaner told The Sentinel-Record Monday night at the scene it appeared the shooting occurred close to the gas pumps and Duvall then ran toward the rear of the lot and collapsed. The body was found behind two vehicles parked against the brick wall running along the southern perimeter of the lot.
Detectives have interviewed multiple people and are following up on investigative leads but had not identified a suspect as of Tuesday, the release said.
Zaner said Monday police had not determined a motive for the shooting. A review of Garland County Circuit Court records indicates Duvall had a lengthy criminal history, primarily involving drug-related charges.
Anyone with information about Duvall's homicide is asked to call the Hot Springs Police Department at 501-321-6789.
Zaner said this is the fourth homicide in the city for 2017. When asked about previous shootings in the same general area, Zaner said, "This is a very busy intersection, and a lot of people tend to congregate here late at night."
Four men were injured, including a bystander, in an exchange of gunfire around 11:15 p.m. on March 11 at the Exxon station at 1200 Central Ave., across the roadway from the Valero. Police said at the time a total of 36 shots were fired from three different weapons, but none of the victims sustained life threatening injuries.
One of the victims injured in the shootout, Timothy Edmund Martin, 37, was shot to death shortly after 1 a.m. on July 16 while sitting in a car parked in the 400 block of Broadway Avenue. Police have said they didn't feel Martin's death was random and that he was "individually targeted."
On May 9, shortly before 11:30 p.m., two men were shot, one critically, when they and two others allegedly forced their way into a Texas couple's room at the Econo Lodge, 1204 Central Ave., just south of the Exxon station.
Local on 08/09/2017
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