UAMS Pharmacy Student Shot at Dept. of Health, Chancellor Releases Statement

(Updated story, 8:50 p.m.)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - UAMS says the man shot at the Department of Health Monday afternoon is a pharmacy student named Caleb McClain.

He was shot while walking to his car. The school says it believes he was not the intended target of the violence, and he will recover. 

UAMS Chancellor Dr. Dan Rahn released the statement below Monday evening:
Dear UAMS Family,
 
Earlier today you received an announcement about a shooting with non-life threatening injuries on a Department of Health parking lot near War Memorial Stadium. We have since learned that the shooting victim was Caleb McClain, a student in our College of Pharmacy, who was walking to his car. Caleb has been admitted to the hospital and is doing well.  Little Rock police are investigating the shooting and believe Caleb was not the intended target.
 
I visited with Caleb and his family after the shooting. My heart goes out to them and I wish him a speedy recovery. I hope you will also keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
 
As was said in the earlier message,  UAMS police are enhancing security at War Memorial Stadium and at other areas around our Little Rock campus. If you see anything suspicious, please notify the UAMS Police at 501-686-7777 or 9-1-1 if it’s an emergency. Please remember shuttles are available to take employees to their cars at War Memorial Stadium and Ray Winder Field. As always, anyone who would like an escort can call the UAMS Police Department 24 hours a day. Your safety is of the utmost importance!
 
Thank you for all that you do on behalf of the people we serve.  
 
Sincerely,   
 
Dan Rahn, M.D.
UAMS Chancellor
 

(Original story, 1:20 p.m.) 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A woman has been taken into custody in a Monday shooting incident on a parking lot that left a man with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

The Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) says it happened around noon on the parking lot of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), just off West Markham Street and across the street from War Memorial Stadium.

Police said the injuries suffered by Caleb McClain, 33, of Little Rock, did not appear to be life-threatening.

The shooting suspect has been identified as Tiara Higgins, 22, of Little Rock.

A witness told police they were on the south side of the parking lot when they heard two shots and looked to see where they were coming from. They described the suspect as someone with "long dreads" who was driving a gray vehicle similar to an Acura who headed east on W. 7th Street.

The witness said the suspect had their hand extended out the driver's side window holding what appeared to be a large pistol, aiming "at a group of black females walking across the parking lot." Those women reportedly ran to a vehicle and left the area.

The LRPD says officers later found a vehicle believed to have been involved in the shooting at an address in the 4400 block of W. 26th Street, where Higgins lives. A check of the vehicle found it registered to her.

Higgins faces a battery charge.


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