Hot Springs Police Department still looking for two men in home invasion-turned-murder where Michael Spinks was killed

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    Photo Gallery: HSPD still looking for two men in home invasion-turned-murder

    Video: Web Extra: Surveillance video released by Hot Springs Police

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - A mother and son were shot during a Hot Springs home invasion, and police said the suspects were caught on surveillance video breaking in.

    Officers still don't know why this happened, but they do know that the son, Michael Spinks, died the day after the home invasion early Wednesday morning, and the mother is expected to recover.

    Meanwhile, family members and police want anyone out there with information on the two suspects to come forward.

    Hot Springs police are looking for two men captured in home surveillance video. For almost a minute early Wednesday morning, they stand outside a home along the 600 block of Illinois Street. Then, one of them kicks down the door and the men run inside. Police said shots rang out and 34-year-old Spinks later died. His family told THV 11 that Spinks was a father of a 4-year-old boy.

    "He was just a good wholesome guy. [He] never would have bothered anybody for him to get shot down like he did," Eli Russell said.

    Russell is one of Spinks brothers. At the family home Friday, he said his mother, 64-year-old Cornelia Pitts, was also in the house during the shooting. Russell said his mother was shot in the arm and remains shaken up.

    "She was seeing flashbacks. She had a real rough night last night. We were jumping up, getting her water, making sure she had enough meds," Russell said.

    The whole thing was caught on video because the family recently put in cameras around the house.

    "We had had some things missing here and there. [We] couldn't find them, so we decided to put up cameras," Russell said.

    Russell's not sure who the suspects in the video are but said having them at large now can't go on for long.

    "They got to get caught. We can't allow them to mask themselves, put gloves on and then kick in a door and shoot up a family. This violence is going too far," Russell said.

    THV 11 also asked a Hot Springs police spokesman if he knew of any specific link between the suspects and the victims, and he did not. However, Corporal McCrary Means also said that this does not appear to be a random attack.

    If you have any information on this case, please call Hot Springs police at (501) 321-6742. The department is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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