According to Little Rock police, around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, seven teens went to the Little Rock home of Willie Noble, 48. When they saw a vehicle on the property, they threw leaves, mayonnaise, toilet paper, and other debris on the car. The seven then got into their car and were preparing to leave when Noble came out of his house and allegedly fired several shots into the vehicle.
Adrian Broadway, 15, was shot in the head
and later died in hospital. The driver of the car was shot in the arm. He was taken to hospital, treated and released. None of the other teens were injured.
Despite being shot, the driver
managed to drive away at a high speed and went to a gas station a short distance away where police were called.
Lt. Sidney Allen of the Little Rock Police Department said
, "Apparently Mr. Noble's teenage son had done a prank on some of the kids who were in the vehicle on Halloween Night. As a result they were doing a retaliation prank and it ultimately had deadly results."
According to Khortaza Williams, 16, who was in the car, the teens had met to go to a movie and Taco Bell but decided to pull the prank. Williams said
, " It was a joke. We was friends, we was gonna come over there and clean it up. It was supposed to be a prank. We were supposed to get up right now, and we were supposed to laugh."
Little Rock has curfew laws that some parents are now questioning in light of Broadway's death. Children under the age of 18 are not allowed to be out alone after 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. Parents want to know why these laws are not enforced.
Cassandra Davis, a public affairs officer with the LRPD, said
, "Unfortunately, we cannot be there all the time. The only thing the police department can do is make recommendations and write citations when [teens] are in violation."
Trisha Shaffer, a mother of four, said enforcement of curfews needs to begin with the parents.
It is possible police will make further recommendations in light of the killing of the 15-year-old.
Noble has been charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of terroristic acts, and five counts of aggravated assault. Bond was set at $1 million.