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Police: Man facing life-threatening injuries after being shot in the face in Fort Smith, suspect arrested

Fort Smith Police are investigating a shooting in the 4000 block of Marshall Drive and 3300 block of Grinnell Avenue which left one person with critical injuries.

FORT SMITH, Ark. — Fort Smith Police (FSPD) say they are still investigating and identifying suspects in a shooting that took place Thursday, May 5, in the area of Marshall Drive and Grinnell Ave leaving one person in critical condition. 

On Thursday, May 5, officers responded to a shooting incident, stemming from a disturbance between several individuals in at least two vehicles. FSPD say the individuals appeared to have exchanged gunfire in the 4000 block of Marshall Drive and 3300 block of Grinnell Avenue.

One adult male, who police believed to be involved in the incident, was transported to a local hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to the face and his status was critical and possibly life-threatening. FSPD say the victim is now in stable condition following surgery. 

During the investigation into the incident, 29-year-old Steve Massey, Jr., was determined to be a suspect.

FSPD says Massey was located and arrested without incident on Friday, May 6. Following an interview with Massey, he is being charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, terrorist act, and battery in the first degree. He has been booked into the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center. 

On Tuesday, May 10, detectives obtained a warrant for the arrest of 24-year-old Dontrell Banister, also naming him as a suspect in the incident. The warrant for Banister is for terroristic act and possession of a firearm by certain persons. 

FSPD says Banister was arrested and interviewed at the department. After his interview, he was transported to the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center.

Several firearms and ammunition were seized as a result of the investigation, according to FSPD. Police are working to identify other suspects related to the shooting.

The Fort Smith Police Department will continue to work towards identifying and locating additional subjects involved in the May 5 shooting incidents. The investigation is ongoing, and additional information may be released when available.

FSPD asks residents and business owners nearby to review their security cameras for any information that could help police in the investigation. If you have video of the gunshot-related incidents or have any information that can assist police, you are asked to call (479) 709-5000. 

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