West Memphis Police promise crackdown on automatic weapons

West Memphis police say they are cracking down on guns after they arresting two men for randomly firing shots at the same apartment complex where a 12-year old boy was killed.

Residents of the Steeple Chase Apartments in West Memphis, Arkansas couldn't believe what they were hearing late Sunday night.

"We heard shots," one resident said.

Many shots could be heard around 11:00 p.m., at the same apartment complex where 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow was shot by a West Memphis police officer who thought he had a gun. It turned out to be a toy.

Weapons recovered by the West Memphis Police Department after the Sunday night shootings included a Glock 9mm and a Tech 9 with extended clips.  Investigators said they found 33 spent bullet shells in the parking lot of the complex.  It was not clear why the shooting happened.

West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert said an officer was on a call at a nearby hotel when he heard shots coming from the apartments.  He looked over and saw two men shooting weapons.  According to Paudert, the officer saw the men shoot into two apartments with occupants, including children.

Police later arrested and charged Jamar Bell and Issac Kevin Morgan.

Paudert said his department was going to get tough on people with guns.

"We're going to get with ATF and try to get these thugs carrying these automatic weapons and guns heavy jail time in the federal prison," he said. "That's what we are working on."

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