Student recovering after shooting at University of Arkansas


A student injured in a shooting at the University of Arkansas was recovering in a hospital today and campus police said they have a suspect.

James Earl Matthews, 33, a junior studying radio, television and theater, suffered gunshot wounds to his midriff and buttocks and underwent surgery Wednesday.

"The outlook is good," for Matthews, UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson at a news conference before a campus-wide assembly.

Matthews, of North Little Rock, was shot about 2:10 p.m. Wednesday on a sidewalk at the university and witnesses saw two men flee the in a car.

University Police Chief Brad King said he hoped to have a warrant for one suspect later today. The man, who was not identitied, has a criminal record with the Little Rock police but King would not disclose the criminal history.

King said police were still trying to identify the second man, but stressed that the urban campus would remain open and faced no further threat. He said extra officers would patrol the campus today.

"Students aren't in any more danger today than they were on Monday," King said.

The police chief declined to discuss what led to the shooting.

Associate Vice Chancellor Cindy Milazzo said a new campus alert system worked well, but there were some bugs. She said the system became bogged down by outdated telephone numbers even though the alert system went live last week. In addition, she said, the alert system identified itself as "unknown caller" on the cell phones.

Milazzo said the university is trying to fix the problem.

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