- Associated Press - Monday, February 1, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Three people were fatally shot over the course of a day in Little Rock, including a mother who was holding her young daughter while she was struck, police said Sunday.

The killings bring to five the number of homicides in the city so far this year, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

Little Rock police spokesman Lt. Steve McClanahan said 19-year-old Junius Pitts Jr. died early Sunday morning after being shot while apparently sitting in his car at a red light near the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus.

A witness who was in the car with Pitts told officers the shots came from another car while he and Pitts were stopped at the light, according to a police report. No arrests have been announced.

The second shooting happened in southwest Little Rock shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday.

Eunice Lopez, 27, was standing in her driveway when she was robbed by a group of teenagers and shot, McClanahan told the Democrat-Gazette. A warrant flyer for two suspects said Lopez was holding her 2-year-old daughter at the time.

Responding officers performed CPR and Lopez was taken to a hospital, where she died about an hour later, police said.

Police arrested four juveniles at a nearby home, according to a police report. A police spokesman told the newspaper Sunday night that the youths had not yet been charged.

Also Sunday night, police announced an 18-year-old described as one of two “main suspects” in Lopez’s shooting had turned himself in. Jail records show Ramale Collier of Little Rock is in custody on charges of capital murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and theft. He was being held without bond, and records don’t list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

Police were still searching for a 15-year-old suspect, who would face the same charges.

In the third homicide, a person was fatally shot Sunday evening in east Little Rock. No further details were immediately released.

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