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UPDATE: Alleged shooter thought he was being robbed

Names of victims released by police by Steven Mross | October 18, 2021 at 1:36 p.m.
A file photo of a Hot Springs Police Department patrol unit. - Photo by Tanner Newton of the Sentinel-Record

1:30 P.M. UPDATE

Four men were injured in a shooting incident on Lowery Street late Saturday, including the alleged shooter, who reportedly claimed he thought the victims were there to rob him.

The alleged shooter, Patrick James Franklin, 31, of 111 Ross St., was taken into custody at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs shortly before 11:30 p.m. Saturday and charged with three felony counts of terroristic act, each punishable by up to life in prison, and three counts of first-degree battery, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Franklin was being held on a zero bond and was set to appear Monday in Garland County District Court.

Hot Springs police Officer 1st Class Omar Cervantes, the department’s public information officer, said detectives are investigating a second shooting that reportedly occurred in the 600 block of South Street about two hours after the Lowery Street shooting, but it was not related to the first shooting and no other information was available on Monday.

According to the probable cause affidavit and a news release issued Monday on the first shooting, Hot Springs police responded to the 200 block of Lowery Street regarding a shooting at around 9:37 p.m. Saturday.

Officers found one man, Samuel Peters, 24, in the 100 block of Lowery Street suffering from gunshot wounds. A second man, Brandon Jones, 36, was found at 105 Lowery also suffering from gunshot wounds. Both men were transported to CHI by LifeNet for treatment.

Officers learned a third man, James Mitchell, 27, from the scene had been taken to National Park Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds he sustained while also at 105 Lowery.

A short time later, Franklin arrived at CHI with a gunshot wound to his foot and was later identified as the shooter.

While officers were still processing the scene, it was discovered several rounds had struck the back of the apartment at 219 Lowery St., which was occupied at the time by two men and a woman.

Detectives Mark Fallis and Hunter Scott responded to CHI and spoke with Jones, who allegedly identified Franklin as the person who shot them. He stated he had driven Mitchell there to the Indiandale Apartments to “confront (Franklin) about a matter.” He said they arrived and Franklin started shooting at them.

Detective Philip De Foor spoke with a witness who was reportedly at Indiandale Apartments with Mitchell and two others when Mitchell and the other two got out of their vehicle and approached Franklin as he arrived in a gray van.

The witness said Franklin “got out and started shooting at them.”

After his release from the hospital, Franklin was brought to the police department and questioned after being read his rights. He reportedly stated he arrived at Indiandale and got out of his vehicle.

He states he saw “two or three males” walking toward him and “thought they were there to rob him.” He reportedly admitted he “started to shoot at them.” Franklin reportedly stated the men “did not say anything to him” and he didn’t see any weapons.

According to court records, Franklin was previously convicted on March 9, 2020, in Garland County Circuit Court of a felony count of first-degree criminal mischief and a misdemeanor count of theft of property and sentenced to five years’ supervised probation. He listed no felony history prior to that conviction or since.

UPDATE

Four men were injured in a shooting incident on Lowery Street late Saturday, including the alleged shooter, Hot Springs police said Monday.

The alleged shooter, Patrick James Franklin, 31, of 111 Ross St., was taken into custody at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs shortly before 11:30 p.m. and charged with three felony counts of terroristic act, each punishable by up to life in prison, and three counts of first-degree battery, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Patrick James Franklin - Submitted photo
Patrick James Franklin - Submitted photo

Franklin was being held on a zero bond and was set to appear Monday in Garland County District Court.

Hot Springs Police Officer 1st Class Omar Cervantes, the department’s public information officer, said detectives are investigating a second shooting that reportedly occurred in the 600 block of South Street about two hours after the Lowery Street shooting, but it was not related to the first shooting and no other information was available on Monday.

Police said one shooting victim, 24, was found the 100 block of Lowery Street. A second man, 36, was found at 105 Lowery also suffering from gunshot wounds. Both men were transported to CHI by LifeNet for treatment.

Officers learned a third man, 27, from the scene had been taken to National Park Medical Center by private vehicle for treatment of gunshot wounds he sustained while also at 105 Lowery.

A short time later Franklin arrived at CHI with a gunshot wound to his foot and was later identified as the shooter.

According to court records, Franklin was previously convicted on March 9, 2020, in Garland County Circuit Court of a felony count of first-degree criminal mischief and a misdemeanor count of theft of property and sentenced to five years’ supervised probation. He listed no felony history prior to that conviction or since.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Hot Springs police are investigating a shooting involving several victims that occurred late Saturday near the Indiandale Apartments in the 200 block of Lowery Street.

HSPD Officer 1st Class Omar Cervantes confirmed Sunday there was a shooting at Indiandale "with three victims and a possible suspect all in separate hospitals."

No names or other information were being released Sunday.

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