Mineral Springs Shooting Leaves Two Dead

By Dale Gathright, Jr., 06/19/20 5:24 PM


MINERAL SPRINGS – The investigation continues into a Thursday evening shooting in Mineral Springs that left two people dead.

Howard County Sheriff Bryan McJunkins said a 911 call came in around 6:45 pm Thursday of two people being shot at an address on North Mercer Street in Mineral Springs. Officers and Pafford EMS personnel found a man identified as Jawara Stewart, 28, of Nashville lying in the street with a handgun nearby. The responders were directed to the yard of a nearby residence where CPR was being performed on a 16 year old juvenile male. His name has not been released.

Sheriff McJunkins said the juvenile was transported to Howard Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. Stewart was transported by air to a hospital where he also died.

McJunkins said witnesses stated “a group of people, including Stewart and the 16 year old, were outside the North Mercer Street residence when the pair allegedly became involved in a fight over the handgun. Currently, authorities believe that both victims received their gunshot wounds during the struggle.

The bodies of both victims were sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an official cause of death ruling.