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Home invasion suspect sought

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that left one woman injured Thursday.

About 11:04 a.m., Crawford County dispatch received a 911 call from a woman who had pulled into her driveway and found her home vandalized at 6143 Arkhola Road, just north of U.S. 64 in between Van Buren and Alma, said Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown.

The woman, Alisha Layne, walked into her house to find that it had been ransacked. As the dispatcher was talking to Layne, a sudden noise could be heard over the phone. Layne began to hysterically tell the dispatcher she had been shot, Brown said.

Layne got out of the house and went to her vehicle, where her 4-year-old son was sitting in the safety seat. A deputy arrived and tended to her. Layne told authorities she thought she saw the man who shot her run into a detached garage on the property, Brown said.

Deputies searched the garage, the house and the property, but could not find anyone. Layne described the man as white, with a round face and wearing white clothes, like what a painter would wear, Brown said.

Layne was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to her upper left leg. The injury did not appear to be life-threatening, Brown said.

The child was not injured. Deputies called Layne’s mother, who picked up the boy. Layne’s fiance, with whom she shares the home, was not at the residence at the time of the incident, Brown said.

Investigators believe the home invasion was not a random act. Layne said she recognized the man, and deputies are conducting interviews to pinpoint a suspect. Layne and her fiance both have been interviewed, Brown said.

As of 4 p.m., authorities were still processing the scene. A threatening letter intended for Layne’s fiance was found, along with a message spray-painted on a door of the home, Brown said.

The weapon that investigators believe was used in the shooting, a revolver that belongs to Layne’s fiance, was found on the floor of the residence, Brown said.

Anyone with information on the suspected shooter can call the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at (479) 474-2261.

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