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73-year-old woman found shot to death at home in Helena-West Helena

Updated: May. 5, 2021 at 9:52 AM CDT
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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (WMC) - Police in Arkansas say a woman was found shot to death at home Wednesday morning in Helena-West Helena.

According to the police department, a 73-year-old woman was found dead outside her home around 8:15 a.m. She had multiple gunshot wounds.

Police believe the woman was targeted.

“This was not a drive-by shooting. It appears there’s an apparent targeting or maybe this individual or someone that may reside with this victim,” said Helena Police Chief James Smith.

Police are trying to determine how many people live in the house. Neighbors say gunfire in their community is nothing new.

“Just about every night I hear shooting,” said neighbor Shery Steele. “It really has increased here, I’d say in the last three, four months.”

Smith said last year, the city saw a 16 percent decrease in violent crime due to state and local efforts, but he admits there’s still a lot of work to do.

“No, it’s not. It’s not unusual for the entire city. That’s why our department is trying to work real hard of putting more sky cop cams, more boots on the street for these types of incidents,” said Smith.

Neighbors also said the victim is fairly new to the area. They said she’s only been living there about three months.

Investigators haven’t released any information about a suspect or suspects, nor have they identified the victim.

The investigation is ongoing.

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