HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Two suspects remain on the run Friday night after a Garland County shooting sent a 26-year-old man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
Authorities said the victim is expected to recover, but the woman who found him and called 911 described an attack well beyond gunfire.
Lisa Casteel was at home Thursday night watching TV and doing laundry when she said she suddenly heard someone outside screaming for help. She went out to check on things and found the victim lying near her front yard.
"Little bit on edge, probably no sleep tonight. Didn't sleep much last night," Casteel said, still rattled Friday. "The man was screaming 'God! Somebody! God, please help me,' and I came out here with a flash light, and he's lying here in the yard," Casteel said.
The Garland County Sheriff's Office said the 26-year-old victim had gone to a nearby home at Icom Place and Tatum Street to visit a friend Thursday night. The office received a call around 9:45 of a shooting in the area.
"Told me he'd been shot twice and been pistol whipped and robbed," Casteel said.
Casteel called 911 and went to get towels and sheets for the victim.
"It was raining. It was cold, and he was bleeding from the head, so I gave him a towel to cover his head," Casteel said.
While she waited with him for an ambulance, Casteel said that she noticed possible suspects fleeing the scene.
"I saw two vehicles leaving at a high rate of speed. I don't know who they were. I've never seen the cars," Casteel said.
They were apparent strangers, like the victim, but Casteel didn't leave his side until paramedics arrived.
"I even helped get him in the gurney and get him in the ambulance, till the end," Casteel said.
She was a Good Samaritan that was still feeling for the victim the next day.
"I don't want anything bad to happen. Enough bad has already happened to him, so I hope he's OK," Casteel said.
A spokesman for the Garland County Sheriff's Office said the victim was shot in the lower extremity area and went to a hospital in Little Rock for treatment. Again, they expect the man to recover from his injuries.
Authorities are still trying to find a motive in this case and don't have much of a description of the two male suspects.
You're asked to call the Garland County Sheriff's Office if you have any information on this case. The number for the Criminal Investigation Division is (501) 622-3690 or the anonymous tip line at (501) 622-3674.
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