Two people were injured and a house was damaged in an apparent shoot out and high-speed car chase that occurred Saturday morning in the 300 block of 7th Street according to Helena-West Helena Police Chief Virgil Green.

Two people were injured and a house was damaged in an apparent shoot out and high-speed car chase that occurred Saturday morning in the 300 block of 7th Street according to Helena-West Helena Police Chief Virgil Green.

Green reported Monday morning that dispatchers received a call around 10:30 a.m. from a female caller who stated that several subjects were firing shots at each other in the 7th Street area of the city. The caller identified the vehicles as a green Chevy Trailblazer and a beige Land Rover.

Green advised Officer Charles Byrd that while he was responding to the call he noticed a vehicle matching the description of the beige Land Rover traveling on Plaza at a high rate of speed. Byrd attempted to pull over the vehicle as it traveled south on the Highway 49 Bypass. The vehicle sustained a blowout on the left front driver’s side.

According to Byrd, one of the subjects had a gunshot wound to the head and chest area. Byrd proceeded to transport the two injured men in his patrol unit to Helena Regional Medical Center.

The shooting victim was later indentified as Tuahaven Maxie of Helena-West Helena. Police identified the driver as Eric Shears of Bryant. Shears was injured but not in the shooting. Maxie was airlifted to a Memphis hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Green’s report states that additional officers responded to the North 7th Street address where a house was struck by the Land Rover. A witness told police that the incident unfolded while he was mowing his lawn. He reported that he was nearly struck by one of the vehicles while they were shooting at each other.

The house received structural damage from the impact of the vehicle striking it. Officers recovered a 357 revolver in the grass near where the vehicle struck the house. The weapon, said Green, was connected to the shooting.

A preliminary investigation revealed that the incident might be related to a disturbance that occurred in another location.

Green reported that the investigation turned up the identities of the other suspects involved. One of the suspects is Dezmond Gordon of Lexa. A second suspect was identified but at press time had not been detained.

For Chief Green this was his second shooting investigation within the same week, his first on the job. The first shooting occurred on Sunday, July 5.

“There are a lot of weapons out on our city streets,” stated Green. “Our agency is looking at ways of getting some of these illegal firearms off the streets. It’s fortunate that these recent shootings haven’t resulted in any deaths. We are looking at ways to increase our police presence in areas where we’re having a rise in crime.”

The Helena-West Helena Police Department urges anyone with any information relating to this crime or any other to please contact the dispatch center at (870) 572-3441.