Police investigate shooting death after Arkansas high school graduation
A man has been arrested in Arkansas following a shooting that left one dead and three injured after an opening ceremony.
The Hot Springs Police Department shares, according to ABC News, that the shooting took place after a fight broke out in a parking lot outside the Hot Springs World Class High School graduation ceremony. All three injured suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a local hospital, while Michael Jordan, 39, died of his injuries, a statement said.
“During the fight, HSPD officers and Garland County deputies were on the scene trying to defuse the situation when a single gunman began firing into the crowd. HSPD officers returned fire to the suspect, later identified as Charles Johnson,” spokesman Officer Omar Cervantes said.
The 25-year-old suspect, who has since been charged with one count of first-degree murder and three counts of battery, fled the scene and was eventually arrested at a local hospital while receiving treatment. Arkansas State Police are investigating the shooting, where officers have since been placed on administrative leave. The students were not involved in the shooting, police said.
“We are heartbroken that these violent events took place following such a great celebration for our graduates and their families,” said District Superintendent Stephanie Nehus. “Our law enforcement officers and personnel will continue to do everything we can to work with local law enforcement agencies/officials to complete an investigation.”