Juvenile suspected in shooting incident

A Conway juvenile is suspected in a Feb. 7 shooting on Ash Street.

According to a search warrant filed with the Faulkner County Circuit Clerk’s office, the Conway Police Department responded to a shots fired call around 12:15 a.m. Feb. 7. A juvenile fitting the description of the shooter was found soon after at a residence on Center Street.

Court documents state the victim, Joshua Oswalt, was shot in the shoulder during an attempted robbery after his friend, Terrance Riley, asked him to park in the driveway at 406 South Ash Street.

Oswalt told officers he believed Riley “orchestrated” the incident, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Oswalt said his friend, Zackery Barnes, was also in the vehicle as the three drove around, noting “Riley directed Oswalt to park in the driveway of 406 S. Ash St.,” the affidavit stated.

“Shortly after they parked, three males approached the vehicle and attempted to rob Oswalt,” the affidavit reads. “Oswalt reported that one of the males brandished a pistol and fired one round, hitting Oswalt in the shoulder. He further advised that the three males then left the area, and Riley jumped out of the vehicle and left with the males.”

Officers decided to stop by 236 Center St. in hopes to find and question Riley because they knew he once lived at that address, according to the search warrant. Officers arrived at the house 17 minutes after receiving the initial 911 call and located Riley as well as a 6-foot 2-inch, 260-pound juvenile wearing a white shirt with red graphics, who fit the description of the shooting suspect.

In a six-person photo lineup, Barnes identified the juvenile as the one responsible for shooting Oswalt in the shoulder, according to the affidavit.

There was no gun found on the scene. However, a pistol and SKS assault-style rife was found outside the residence at 237 Center St.

“[The rifle] was not believed to be involved with this case, however, it was taken for safekeeping as its ownership was not known and it was unsecured in the location in which it was found,” the affidavit states.

Formal charges in this case had not been filed as of press time Thursday. Unless the juvenile is charged as an adult in the matter, the juvenile’s name will not be released.

The Log Cabin Democrat reached out to the Conway Police Department for the incident report pertaining to this situation. However, it did not receive the redacted report by press time Thursday.

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