Little Rock police are still investigating a fatal shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon, after the shooter immediately surrendered himself to police.
Cortez Kendrick, 25, admitted to police that he shot and killed John Word, 21, after an incident at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Store at 5322 Asher Avenue, according to police.
Kendrick told police that Word had attempted to rob Kendrick’s brother. Kendrick has been charged with theft by receiving in connection to a gun, but no homicide-related charges have been filed at this time, pending further investigation, police said.
After the shooting, Kendrick drove a Honda Accord to the police station on 12th street, while his brother drove separately in a Nissan Maxima with the wounded Word. Kendrick made contact with police but his brother did not show up. Kendrick speculated that he might have gotten lost. Police searched the area and eventually found the Nissan parked behind the Pic-Pac Liquor Store, located at 4407 W. 12th Street. First responders attempted to provide medical aid to Word but were unsuccessful and he was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. His body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.