Details emerge in Stop n Shop shooting

Kartavious Eason

A search warrant for an SUV involved in a recent shooting at Stop n Shop convenience store and gas station in Texarkana, Ark., seeks the recovery of a Glock semi-automatic handgun.

Two men, Kartavious Eason, 18, and Michael Clark, 19, suffered gunshots wounds during a shoot-out Aug. 25 at the store around 10 p.m. Eason was shot once in his upper left thigh and his injury was considered non-life threatening, according to a search warrant affidavit for a white 2014 Chevrolet Cruz. Clark was not so lucky.

Police Search for Evidence

Clark was hit three times, once in his left calf, once in his right thigh and once in the lower back. The shot to Clark’s back severed his spine and traveled into his internal organs. He was transported to a local hospital via ambulance and has since been transported to a Dallas hospital.

Eason was driven to St. Michael’s Hospital in the Chevy Cruz by Cherrell Rogers. Following the shooting, Texarkana, Texas, and Texarkana, Ark., police attempted to pull Rogers over as she drove on State Line Avenue for reckless driving but Rogers did not stop until she reached the hospital’s emergency room. As TTPD Officer Cody Harris approached the SUV at the hospital, he saw Rogers reach under the driver’s seat, according to the affidavit. When Harris removed Rogers from the Chevy Cruz, he noticed a handgun beneath the driver’s seat.

crime scene around vehicle at St. Michael

“Rogers also had her infant child in the vehicle with her,” the affidavit states. “She was detained while Eason was undergoing treatment and ultimately arrested for evading and endangering the welfare of a minor due to her erratic driving.”

Eason allegedly claimed that he had gotten out of the car to pump gas when Clark approached and began shooting at him.

“I began to ask details as to whether Michael was inside or outside of the vehicle when he first saw him with the gun. Eason did not answer this question and said that Michael had two guns, one in each hand.”

When pressed for more information, Eason allegedly told the officer to watch the security video if he wanted to know what happened. Eason allegedly acted as if he had not fired a weapon.

“I then asked Eason how Michael Clark had come to suffer a gunshot wound if he (Eason) did not shoot at him. Upon hearing this, Eason smiled and asked if Michael had really been shot,” the affidavit states.

Officers acquired a search warrant so they could legally take possession of the Glock handgun and to search for other evidence related to the shooting. Seized were the gun, a magazine containing nine bullet cartridges, an iPhone and a U.S. Army pouch containing an assortment of shotgun ammunition.

Eason is being held in the Miller County jail.

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