Conway police believe a robbery that ended in the shooting of one Conway man Thursday afternoon might have involved drugs.
Officers were dispatched to reports of a shooting in Oakwood Village trailer park at 475 E. Robins St. around 12:39 p.m. When police arrived, Roderick Morris, 22, was found suffering from one, non-life threatening gunshot wound to his side.
The victim said two black males, one with dreadlocks, confronted he and his friend, identified as 23-year-old Kristofer Butler, and robbed them. At some point of the robbery, Morris — who was taken to the hospital for treatment — was shot by the assailants. Police said the second victim, Butler, was not shot because he ran from the scene.
While police are still investigating the incident, investigators say drugs might have been the culprit.
Conway police spokesperson La Tresha Woodruff said people involved in the incident have “previous issues with drugs” that have led officers to believe it may have played a part in the robbery and subsequent shooting.
In the robbery, the victims say $500 and a vehicle was stolen. While the suspects arrived in a green Mustang, the victims said they left in a blue Chevrolet Impala, one of the victims’ vehicles.
Woodruff said the vehicle was found abandoned and crashed by North Little Rock police later Thursday. With little information on the suspects, Woodruff said it would be difficult to confirm the suspects were from North Little Rock, but said investigators are looking into the possibility.
“Obviously, they will start there because they ran there,” she said.
Woodruff said she believes one of the victims had a relative that lived in the Robins Street trailer park, but neither was a resident.
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