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UPDATE: One in custody following weekend shooting in Arkadelphia

This article will be updated as information becomes available.

Arkadelphia investigator Lt. Dustin O’Brien, left, shines light on evidence markers at the scene of a shooting near a Henderson State University dormitory. | Joel Phelps/The Arkadelphian

An arrest has been made in connection with a shooting that left two bystanders injured at a Henderson State University parking lot.

Warner Buckley

Warner Keyshaun Buckley, 22, of Arkadelphia, was taken into custody Sunday. Police have charged Buckley with two counts of first-degree battery and unlawful use of a firearm from a vehicle. Buckley allegedly shot two bystanders from a vehicle after a dispute at a fraternity party spilled over into the nearby parking lot. An estimated 20 bystanders were present when Buckley allegedly exchanged gunfire with another person. One of the victims was facing the shooter, and the other was fleeing from the scene when he was hit by a stray bullet.

The case has been assigned to special prosecutor Michelle Lawrence of Hot Springs. Clark County Prosecutor Dan Turner recused himself from the case as he represented Buckley in a 2021 child custody case.

Authorities have yet to identify the other person in the dispute. The investigation is ongoing.

FROM THE ORIGINAL POST: Unofficial reports indicate that two college-aged adults suffering from gunshot wounds were transported to a local hospital. There was at least one Arkadelphia patrolman parked outside the emergency room at Baptist Health Medical Center at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and there was a small crowd gathered outside the ER entrance.

Arkadelphia police spent the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning scouring for evidence in a parking lot south of University Place. Police taped off a large swath of the parking lot as they searched for clues. The center of the crime scene appeared to be Miller Street, which connects Wilson and Evans streets and divides the dormitory parking lot. More than a dozen empty beer cans were strewn about the lot, indicating there had been a large gathering at the time of the incident. Nearly a dozen young men and women in their 20s were held at the scene for police questioning.

Henderson held its graduation ceremonies on Friday evening.

Police remained tight-lipped about the incident Saturday afternoon. At 3 p.m. Felony incident reports at Arkadelphia Police Department include a cover sheet that provides only the crime committed and the date it happened.

Police Chief Jason “Shorty” Jackson said a suspect had been identified, and that his attorney was arranging his surrender to authorities. Jackson would not identify the suspect until he is in police custody.

Both victims, according to Jackson, have been released from the hospital. A relative of one individual struck by a bullet posted to Facebook that people at the scene transported him to the Arkadelphia emergency room, and from there he was taken to a Little Rock hospital where he had two bullets removed.

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  1. Thanks for the update on the Henderson shooting. We take a great interest in the safety of our community and hope the police can find out who was responsible for the shooting. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the incident.