Seven people were shot at a local club in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day

Fort Smith, AR – According to the police officials, none of these people is with life-threatening injuries. Two victims remained hospitalized. The other five have been discharged from local hospitals.

According to the police officials, this unfortunate incident occurred at The Wave in the 2900 block of Towson Avenue. During the early stages of its investigation, police officials have reported that this is probably an exchange of gunfire between at least two individuals at the center.

Police arrested one person, whom police identified as Matthew Steward, 26, of Fort Smith. Steward faces charges of Terroristic Act 1st, Battery 1st, and five counts of 2nd-degree battery, Mitchell said.

The police investigation is ongoing, he said. The Wave is licensed as an event center, Mitchell said, adding event centers don’t follow the same curfew requirements as night clubs, bars or restaurants. He said agencies have been notified to investigate any possible public health and other violations.

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