Two  Helena men are in intensive care, one at The Med in Memphis and the other at Helena Regional Medical Center, following a shooting incident that occurred around 11 p.m. Tuesday night in the 1300 block of Walnut Street.



Two Helena men are in intensive care, one at The Med in Memphis and the other at Helena Regional Medical Center, following a shooting incident that occurred around 11 p.m. Tuesday night in the 1300 block of Walnut Street.
According to police reports, Darren Wright of 125 Market St. told police Tuesday night that his son, Darren Wright Jr., 21, and Willie Earl Henry, 45, had been shot and his other son, Demarkus Brown, had been kidnapped.
According to Wright, he was talking to Cortez McGinister on Walnut Street when he asked his son, Demarkus Brown, to lock his vehicle. As Brown went to lock the car, three back males pointing a shotgun at him approached.
One of the men struck Brown on his leg and shoulder and robbed him. The man took Brown’s shoes and his leather belt. He then proceeded to tie Brown up with the belt and put Brown in the trunk of Wright’s car. Brown managed to push the back seat down and worked himself free of the trunk later.
The three men then shot Wright Jr. and Henry with the shotgun. The three gunmen drove off in Wright’s vehicle, which was later recovered at 1022 Park Hill in Helena.
Arrested and charged with kidnapping, robbery, theft of property and battery in the first degree are Justin Lee, 18, Bobby Haynes, 23, and a 17-year-old, all of Helena-West Helena.
At press time no bond had been set for the three men. They are in custody in the Phillips County Jail. They have not told police investigators what their motive was for the crime.
Darren Wright Jr. was taken to The MED in Memphis where he is listed in serious condition and Henry is in intensive care at Helena Regional Medical Center, where he also is listed in serious condition. Brown was treated and released for minor injuries at HRMC.
The investigation has been turned over to Helena-West Helena Police Department Criminal Investigation Division officers Sgt. Roy Covington, Cpl. Brian Holloway, Cpt. Tommy Bivens and Cpl. Dennis Cox.