Police: Springdale Man Arrested In Drug-Related Shooting

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Daniel Ramos-Rodriguez

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Police are investigating a shooting late Wednesday (Aug. 15) that left one man injured.

Fayetteville police were called about 11:40 p.m. to Washington Regional Medical Center for a man suffering from a gunshot wound to his stomach.

Officers interviewed witnesses that told them Daniel Rodriguez, 18, agreed to trade marijuana for a pistol from the victim.

A female friend of the victim assisted in the transaction and provided a pistol to Rodriguez.

Police say, Rodriguez then took possession of the pistol but did not provide any marijuana to the victim or female friend and took off in a vehicle.

The victim and another male friend chased after the suspect in a vehicle, in an attempt to recover the pistol.

According to the victim’s male friend, the vehicles stopped near the intersection of College Ave. and Millsap Rd, when the victim approached the vehicle Rodriguez was in and attempted to obtain the pistol.

Rodriguez then fired one round from inside the vehicle, striking the victim in the abdomen, according to Sgt. Anthony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department.

Rodriguez then fled the scene and the victim’s friend drove him to the hospital for treatment.

Both the male and the female friend of the victim showed investigators text messages between them confirming the attempted transaction.

On Thursday (Aug. 16) Springdale officers arrested Rodriguez outside his apartment complex.

Investigators searched Rodriguez’s vehicle, finding one shell casing, live ammunition, and marijuana.

Rodriguez was later interviewed and confessed to taking the pistol from the victim and female friend, as well as shooting the victim.

The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

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