One killed, many injured in Blytheville shooting after family fight
BLYTHEVILLE, AR (WMC) - One person was killed in a family feud that escalated to a shooting Saturday in Blytheville, Arkansas.
Family members said the violence started when Adeline King, 19, said hello to her sister's ex-boyfriend. His new girlfriend got angry and started fighting her.
The fight escalated and turned into a massive shooting that covered Anderson Street in bullets.
King died Saturday night in the shooting.
"I had 14 children and one is gone, because she said hello to some thugs," Adeline's mother Arnida said. "She was loving to everybody, she would give you the coat off her back."
Witnesses said King left the scene and returned with family members. That is when someone started shooting.
"It hurts me, because I'm like, 'Why is my niece gone?' I won't see her," King's aunt Takeshia Mathis said. "I heard she was attacked. I heard she was fighting, but that is no reason to pull a gun on someone."
Witnesses said the family on Anderson street had just buried a cousin and came together Saturday for the funeral. These witnesses did not want to be named.
"It was a typical scene out of a movie. You don't know who you're running from or who you're running to," a witness said. "You just hear bullets and people screaming it was very chaotic."
The witnesses stood in tears describing the heart-wrenching shooting that left so many people in the hospital.
"It was frantic to watch my mom have to clean up so much clothes that were filled with blood from different family members," another witness said. "It was scary."
Police said the fighting did not stop there. Officers, as well as state police, were called to Great River Medical Center, where they broke up a fight between 200 family members.
"It's a lose-lose situation, and it's going to continue to be like that, because there is too much pride in Blytheville," a witness said. "No one is okay with walking away. Walking away is a sign of weakness now and it's not."
Police said King died at the hospital and 11 others were treated between three hospitals. There is no one in custody at this time.
District prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington said that changes need to be made to keep this from happening in the future. He said from now on, all violent gun crimes will have a penalty of time in prison.
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