Investigation continues into West Memphis shootings

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WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - Police say a triple shooting that happened Saturday night may be tied to a separate shooting yesterday in West Memphis.

Police say the four people shot are at the Regional Medical Center in serious but not life threatening condition.

Meanwhile, the people responsible for the shooting are still on the loose.
The bloody Saturday in West Memphis began at Mimosa and Birch Street, where someone shot a 17-year-old.

"He was shot in the upper face on the right hand side," said Linda Gibson, who lives nearby.

"Looked like the bullet had came through the right side and came out the left. He was shot also up above his left knee, and it came out his buttocks from what I could tell."

Gibson said she saw the shooter take off on foot.

Four hours later and about a half mile away at Redding and Jackson, more bullets flew.

"We realized it was gunshots. We all just all hit the floor," said Earl Gladney, who was inside his home at the time of the shooting.

Police say a van in front of Gladney's house may have saved his life and the lives of his four young nieces and nephews.

"Bullet hole right here," said Gladney, pointing to the van.

More bullets flattened three of the van's tires and hit a fence in several places.

Gladney said his family wanted to thank God for saving their lives at Church Sunday morning.

"Planning on going to church, but we ain't got no ride," he said.

From Redding and Jackson, police say the shooters raced through the city's streets.

Police say many more shots were fired at railroad tracks on Jackson before 8th Street.

A car with the 17-year-old victim's older brother and two other men inside ended up running off the roadway on South Loop and crashing at a tree line.

When police arrived, they found all three men seriously injured. There was no sign of the car with the shooters.

Police say they don't yet know if the three wounded people ever fired any shots at the other car that was shooting at them.

A woman at the home of the two of the victims declined to talk on camera.

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