LITTLE ROCK, AR. (THECOUNT) — Despite the Little Caesars “employee handbook” dictating no firearms allowed on the premises, whether carried by employees or patrons, a Little Rock pizzeria was the scene of a deadly shooting on Thursday.
Little Caesars employee, Domeque Latrice Jones, 26, fatally shot 33-year-old customer, Marcus Fleming inside the eatery on Thursday. Jones was arrested on a first-degree murder charge Friday afternoon.
Investigators believe Jones, who was employed Thursday at the Little Caesars at 3412 S. University Ave., used a handgun to fatally shoot Fleming on Thursday afternoon while both men were inside the business.
A sign on the door of the Little Caesars directed customers to use the drive-through Friday, saying the small front area where customers order food was “closed for renovation.” The signs were stapled onto plywood that covered shattered glass and bullet holes in the small establishment’s window and door, reports ArkansasOnline.
At about 4:45 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to the pizzeria after several people called 911 reporting that someone was shooting and they were hearing multiple gunshots. Emergency responders transported Fleming, who had been shot multiple times, to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he was later pronounced dead, police spokesman officer Eric Barnes said Friday. Several people were in or near the business at the time of the shooting, and Barnes said they told police that Fleming and Jones had argued before Jones began shooting. Several bullets traveled through the window and toward busy South University Avenue. Investigators said no vehicles or other structures were damaged in the gunfire.
Jones ran before police arrived, Ford said, but police identified him through witness statements. Investigators also retrieved video footage from at least one of the five security cameras inside the pizzeria, Ford said.
A supervisor for the chain directed all further questions to the chain’s corporate office, which did not return phone calls.
Geo quick facts: Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, is a city on the Arkansas River. It’s home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, with exhibits including a replica of the Oval Office and presidential artifacts. In an 1800s Greek Revival building, the Old State House Museum traces Arkansas history. MacArthur Park has a pond, plus the Arkansas Arts Center, known for its large collection of drawings – wikipedia.