NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - What should have been a day of celebration turned violent in North Little Rock Tuesday when a high school senior was shot following graduation practice for Parkview High School at Verizon Arena.
North Little Rock police called it a domestic dispute between two people saying the suspect, Christian Jackson, shot the victim then turned the gun on himself.
"All I know is we all was over there, and we was told 'Y'all need to come over here because dude is jumping on her," said student Shaundereka Chatman. "So, we all ran over here, and we heard the gun shots."
"It was scary," said Chatman's grandmother, C.J., "I didn't quite understand because she was boo-hooing so, and I told her to pipe down and talk to me, and she let me know that a student got shot up here... It just kind of frightened me and, like I said, I left work running here to be by her side."
Johnnie Andrews got a similar call from her daughter and immediately raced to pick her up.
"Wanting to see their faces, wanting to know they're safe," Andrews told THV 11. "It's sad that this has happened to a little girl, it was supposed to be a wonderful day of her life. You know, this is starting a new chapter of her life, and it's been taken from her."
Police identified the shooter as 20-year-old Christian Jackson, who is not a student at Parkview. According to police, Jackson shot the victim as she left graduation practice before turning the gun on himself.
Christian Jackson named suspect in Verizon Arena shooting