Emergency workers respond to shooting at Verizon Arena. (Photo: Lisa Hutson, THV 11)
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The suspect in a shooting at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock Tuesday morning is expected to recover.
Sgt. Brian Dedrick said his agency responded to the scene shortly after 11 a.m. Upon arriving, they found Christian Jackson, 20, with gunshot wounds to the head; he was later identified as the suspect in the shooting. He was taken to UAMS for treatment of his injuries and is now stable.
Dedrick has informed THV 11 News that Jackson's wound, which looked critical at the time of the crime, now doesn't seem to be as severe.
Shortly after they arrived, police learned there was another gunshot victim at the arena. That victim, a 19-year-old woman, was also taken to UAMS for her injuries. Dedrick said she appears to be doing well.
Pam Smith with the Little Rock School District said the woman is a Parkview High School student. She spoke to the student's mother who said her daughter is expected to make a full recovery.
Smith also said the Jackson is not a student and that this was a domestic situation. Police said that they will serve a warrant on him for criminal attempt to commit capital murder.
Dedrick said the woman was leaving graduation practice when the shooting occurred outside of Verizon arena. After shooting the woman, Jackson turned the gun on himself.
Smith added that graduation will go on as scheduled at 8:30 p.m. with increased security. Counselors are also being made available to students if needed.
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