Henderson police probe separate shooting, robbery incidents

Apr. 10, 2013 @ 11:05 PM

Henderson police are looking for a shooting suspect and an armed robbery suspects after incidents less than three hours apart in different areas of the city Wednesday evening.

About 10 minutes before 8 p.m., police responded to Skindeep Tattoo for a report of an armed robbery. The business is located at the corner of Kitchen Avenue and North Garnett Street.

A call for help is believed to have been placed from next door at the motel. At press time, police were actively investigating and were yet to release information.

Just hours earlier, police began to put together a search for a shooter who fired up to 10 shots in a densely residential area of Cross Street, one of which struck a man working on a landscaping project at a duplex.

Police said Jermaine Hargrove was taken to a hospital with an upper leg injury. His condition was not known at press time.

Hargrove was shot June 6, 2012, in an incident at 408 Harriett Street. His assailant that day, 22-year-old Robert Ross, is currently awaiting trial in the federal system.

Lt. Christopher Ball confirmed Hargrove was responsive when first responders arrived. The injury could be potentially life-threatening, according to Ball.

Ball confirmed “multiple shots” were fired by a single shooter, and police are looking for a black male, 5-foot-8, with a hair style that included dreads. He fled the area on foot.

Neighbors in the area watched as more than a dozen police and investigators combed the neighborhood for evidence and questioned anyone who might have seen what happened.

Neighbors said they heard 10 shots.

“This all has got to stop,” said Arnita Miles, a neighbor. “If you know something, you have got to tell it.”

Miles said each time there’s a dangerous or fatal shooting, she feels deeply hurt herself for her neighborhood, a feeling that started when she lost a brother, shot and killed six years ago.

“Nothing’s been done, no one’s been arrested,” Miles said. “I know the police can’t be everywhere, but if you were there, you have got to say it. That’s how I feel every time someone gets shot, I feel this way.”

She helped police contact a man believed to have witnessed some part of the incident.

“He’s talking to the police now,” Miles said.

The man declined comments to The Dispatch, other than to say he told police what he saw.

Soon after, investigators and officers began walking in a search-line through a field area behind the house.

Members of a landscaping crew loaded a riding mower and a push mower that had been left near the roadway in front of the duplex up onto a flatbed truck as the investigation proceeded.

Ball said that the investigation is ongoing.

“He was doing work at the residence,” Ball said of Hargrove.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.