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story.lead_photo.caption Little Rock police investigate a shooting at a Department of Health building at 4815 W. Markham St. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. - Photo by Emma Pettit

A 33-year-old UAMS College of Pharmacy student was shot shortly before noon Monday in the parking lot of the Arkansas Department of Health's main office building in Little Rock, police say.

The Little Rock Police Department responded to the shooting at 11:58 a.m. outside the building at 4815 W. Markham St.

On the parking lot's southwest side, responding officers spoke with the victim, Caleb McClain, who said he was unsure of what happened.

A witness turned around after hearing the first shot to find someone wielding what appeared to be a large pistol out the driver's side of a gray car, he told authorities.

The shooter, who had long dreads, appeared to be aiming at a group of black females walking across the parking lot, the witness added.

The lot was full of parked cars at the time of the shooting.

Police said the group ran away after shots were fired and fled the parking lot in what was believed to be a tan SUV.

McClain was shot in the upper left shoulder and taken to a local hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening, according to authorities.

UAMS Chancellor Dr. Dan Rahn said he visited with McClain and his family at the hospital.

"My heart goes out to them and I wish him a speedy recovery," Rahn said in a statement. "I hope you will also keep them in your thoughts and prayers."

Rahn said UAMS would also enhance security at War Memorial Stadium and other areas near the campus.

There is not a lot of foot traffic from the general public in the area, Department of Health spokesman Meg Mirivel said, and most of the people who walk across the parking lot are medical school students.

A woman was taken to the 12th Street substation for questioning in the shooting after her vehicle was located and linked to the shooting, police said. Her name did not appear in jail records as of Monday afternoon.

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  • BirdDogsRock
    January 23, 2017 at 3:23 p.m.

    No, no, no, no, no!!!! Trump promised us in his inaugural address on Friday that the carnage would end "right here, right now"! Yet the carnage continues..... Surely the Donald is not falling short on his promises to We the People?!!! Donald, you assured us that YOU, alone, could fix this problem and end the violence. I feel so let down. I was convinced you are more of a man than this.

  • ellsea
    January 23, 2017 at 4:27 p.m.

    Not funny, clever or interesting, bdr

  • titleist10
    January 23, 2017 at 5:06 p.m.

    Another black responsible for a shooting-why am I not surprised deport him

  • MaxCady
    January 23, 2017 at 8:25 p.m.

    That doesn't sound like a very healthy place.

  • caspertherat
    January 24, 2017 at 12:18 p.m.

    And once again, BDR proves that it is better to be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. You expect President Trump to do in a few days what Oblamer could not or would not do in 8 years?

  • YoungHog
    January 24, 2017 at 12:21 p.m.

    titeleist is an idiot

  • shieldknight76
    January 24, 2017 at 6:26 p.m.

    Yes, Titleist is an f-ing moron. First of all, where would you want to deport an entire race of native-born American citizens? And don't you think plenty of good, law-abiding blacks would suffer in the process?

  • Beast18
    January 26, 2017 at 12:53 p.m.

    Black people need to be educated in a pro black environment while behind enemy lines.
    Also they need Extricate themselves from religious, self capitalist and divisive mindsets and yet adopt a more conservative and self reliant one. Also a "never again" motto should be adopted. Seek others whom wish to make them self respected and united through methods that don't support this system and feed the prison industry (legal slavery)!

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