BENTON, Arkansas — The Benton Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at approximately 7 a.m., Wednesday morning, at McDonald’s on Alcoa Road in Benton.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a female victim suffering from a gunshot wound. She was transported to an area hospital. She's stable and expected to make a full recovery. 

The suspect, 59-year-old Lawrence Parrin, of Benton, had fled the scene. 

Officers and dispatchers were able to track the suspect’s location, and after a brief vehicle pursuit, he was arrested near the initial incident location. The victim and suspect are both restaurant employees.

Perron, Jr. is charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Capital Murder, Battery 1st, Fleeing, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (two counts), and Possession of a Defaced Firearm. The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

BNPD Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and has assumed the investigation, which remains ongoing.

More on this story as it develops. 

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