WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. - A 15-year-old girl was shot and killed Saturday night in West Memphis.
The teenager, identified by family as Jordyne Craig, was gunned down in the 500 block of South 15th Street around 9:45 p.m.
FOX13’s Zach Crenshaw spoke with the male victim's father, who ran out to find the girl dead lying in the middle of the road.
Police said Craig was walking with an 18-year-old man, identified as Jiterion Kegler, when multiple shots came from a moving car.
Kegler was shot once in the arm and is recovering at Regional One.
West Memphis Police Department Captain Joe Baker said the shooter – or shooters – fired at least five shots from the vehicle.
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Witnesses said by the time emergency responders arrived on scene, Craig had already died from her gunshot wounds.
Police told FOX13 Craig had been reported as a runaway by her family just a few days before her death.
Jimmie Kegler has not slept since Saturday.
“I try to go to sleep but I can't go to sleep. But every time I try to go to sleep I keep seeing (Craig's) eyes,” said Kegler.
Kegler said his son and wife were walking with Craig to the store when they saw a car come through and back again.
The car waited until the three left the store and then did a drive-by.
“My mom and my son they took off running that way. But by the time they took off running that way she had already been shot,” said Kegler. “So I ran to the edge of the sidewalk and look down the street. And sure enough, the baby was laying in the road."
Kegler said it was two minutes before the fire department arrived.
“I went to wave my arms and I flag them down,” he said. “She was already gone.”
There is still a bullet hole in a nearby house.
Neighbors in the area are still rattled by the violence.
“You don’t know if the killers are still out there,” said one grandfather down the block.
Kegler’s son was taken to the hospital. The family is still trying to determine the motive for the shooting.
Police are not releasing any suspect information at this point. They told FOX13 the investigation is active and ongoing.
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