SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A Rogers man was arrested for attempted capital murder on July 10 after a fight led to another man being shot at a concert at Parson Stadium in Springdale.
According to a news release from the Springdale Police Department, on July 9, around 10:50 p.m., officers with the Springdale Police Department responded to Parson Stadium on 1423 E. Emma Avenue in reference to a shooting.
The release says when officers arrived, they found a very large crowd of people fleeing the area of the arena. Officers were told that a fight took place inside the stadium and someone had been shot.
According to the release, officers were able to locate a male victim in his early twenties with a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Officers were told the suspect had fled the area but were given a description of the suspect.
The release says after officers rendered first aid, the victim was transported to a local hospital for life-threatening injuries. While at the hospital, officers spoke with witnesses and were given the name Erik Nava-Reyes, 21, as the suspect.
Around 1 a.m. on July 10, Springdale police received a call from Mercy Hospital in Rogers saying they had a man at their facility saying he had been in a fight and he had shot someone, according to the release.
The release says the man at Mercy Hospital was identified as Nava-Reyes.
Nava-Reyes was transported to the Springdale Police Department for questioning. After questioning, Nava-Reyes was charged with attempted capital murder and transported to the Washington County Jail for processing.
Rodeo of the Ozarks, the organization affiliated with Parsons Stadium, released this statement on its Facebook page regarding the incident:
On July 9, 2022, Parsons Stadium facilities were being leased for a non-Rodeo of the Ozarks/Springdale Benevolent Foundation event. During which, according to the Springdale Police Department, an event goer was shot and injured.
The shooter later came to the hospital, was apprehended, and is being held at Washington County Jail. Our organization’s Board of Directors is deeply saddened and appalled by this incident. We take event security and culture seriously and hold our renters to the highest expectations.
Parsons Stadium is a venue for safe, family-friendly events for our community and this does not represent what we stand for. We will be revisiting our leasing policy and discussing event security and safety. We are deeply grateful for the fast action of the Springdale Police Officers.
Our thoughts are with the injured young man, his family, and those who witnessed this disturbing, heart-breaking incident.Rodeo of the Ozarks
The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information about the incident, call the Springdale Police Department at 479-751-4542 or the Criminal Investigation Division at 479-750-8139.