Lawrence Perron (Lawrence Perron)

The victim in Wednesday’s shooting at McDonald’s on I-30/Alcoa, a 34-year-old female, is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. Benton Police Department responded to a call of shots fired at approximately 7 a.m. Wednesday at McDonald’s- 20726 I-30 and discovered the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The suspect, 59-year-old Lawrence Perron, Jr., of Benton, was arrested a short time later after a vehicle pursuit that ended near the initial incident location. As reported previously, the victim and suspect are both restaurant employees.

Perron, Jr. is charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Capital Murder, Battery 1st, Fleeing, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Firearm by Certain Persons (two counts), and Possession of a Defaced Firearm. The investigation remains ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Benton Police Department at 501-778-1171 or 501-315-TIPS. Anonymous tips may also be sent via text to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the message, via the official Benton Police Department app available on iTunes and Google Play or at