Suspect arrested in Little Rock's 70th homicide of year

FILE — A Little Rock Police Department vehicle is shown in this Jan. 26, 2021 file photo.

A suspect has been arrested in a Sunday morning shooting death that was Little Rock's 70th homicide this year.

Avreyon Carter, 40, of Little Rock has been charged with first-degree murder, according to a tweet from the Little Rock Police Department.

At around 2 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to the shooting at 6 York Drive, about 2 miles east-northeast of the South University Avenue interchange with Interstate 30.

Police found David Royal, 34, of Jacksonville suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Royal died at the scene, police said. 

Carter was booked into the Pulaski County jail, where he remained Sunday morning without a set bail amount, an online inmate roster indicates.

In a statement issued Sunday afternoon, Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. called the city's 70th homicide of 2022 a "tragic milestone," saying "it’s one we must all pause to recognize as we further intensify our efforts to reduce violent crime and take illegal guns off the streets."

This story has been updated. It was originally published at 9:07 a.m. under the headline, "Little Rock police: Man killed in shooting on York Drive."