Man shot during melee on Arkadelphia's Main Street

ARKADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a 25-year-old man was shot dead when a fight broke out on Main Street in Arkadelphia.

Arkadelphia police Sgt. Roy Bethell says Jerome Caldwell was killed in the melee early Sunday. Bethell tells the Siftings Herald Caldwell was apparently a bystander and not involved in the fist fight that broke out near Dino's restaurant in Arkadelphia.

Police say Caldwell was shot in the lower back. A friend carried him to a vehicle and drove him to an Arkadelphia hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities say about 200 people fled as officers arrived. Bethell says a group had rented the restaurant for a private party before the fight broke out.

Police say they've identified the suspected shooter but no one has been arrested yet.

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