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Man killed in West Memphis gas station shooting

Justin East (Source: West Memphis Police Department) Justin East (Source: West Memphis Police Department)
Nicola Moore (Source: West Memphis Police Department) Nicola Moore (Source: West Memphis Police Department)
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One person is dead and another is in custody after a shooting at a gas station.

The shooting happened Tuesday morning in West Memphis, Arkansas.

West Memphis Police Department said two men were outside a Citgo gas station on Ingram Boulevard. They got into a fight, and one of the men pulled out a gun and fired.

Officers identified the victim as Dedrick Meadows, 40. 

"He was a good person," Tyrhonda Christly said. "He didn't bother anybody, so it was kind of shocking to me, you know, that this happened to him."

Tyrhonda and Darrin Christly own a second-hand store near the scene, they knew Meadows, and they said they saw him regularly.

"He normally would pass through here," Darrin Christly said. "He'd holler out 'Hey, Old School.'"

"He wasn't the type that be out there in the streets, that...runnin' the streets and getting in trouble and stuff," Tyrhonda said. "You know, hard-working guy. Nice guy."

After shooting Meadows, the suspect got into a Chevrolet Tahoe and sped off. Officers tracked the Tahoe, and after a short chase, stopped the vehicle.

The driver, Justin East, 25, admitted to police that he shot Meadows. He said the shooting stemmed from an ongoing disagreement between them, but he did not elaborate.

East and Nicola Moore, 35, who was also in the Tahoe with East, both face criminal charges including first-degree murder, fleeing, and tampering with physical evidence.

"It's just really sad," Tyrhonda said. "I'm praying for the family."

Darrin Christly said he's not surprised, because the gas station seems to attract crime.

"I probably call the police out here two, three times a day sometimes about stuff that's taking place out here," Darrin said. "I think that we have to come together as a community, and we have to say that enough is enough."

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