A Conway man was shot in the abdomen Saturday night following an argument at the suspect’s residence.

Michael Angelo Simmons, 37, was charged with first degree battery and possession of a firearm after surrendering to authorities following the incident.

According to Lt. Matt Rice of the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, an ongoing dispute between the victim and suspect, as well as their families, spurred the alleged shooting.

Rice said an argument started between the two men after the victim, 30-year-old Rockman Abdullah, went to the suspect’s residence at 22 McClure Acres Road in Conway.

During the argument, Simmons allegedly shot Abdullah in the abdomen with a .22 caliber rifle. Rice said the suspect fired four shots, but Abdullah was only hit once.

Sgt. Dalton Elliott and FCSO officers responded to the scene. According to Rice, Simmons turned himself in by the time the crime scene was processed. Rice said Simmons has been “very cooperative” during the investigation.

The victim was transported to Conway Regional Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

Simmons made his first appearance Monday afternoon in front of Circuit Judge Charles “Ed” Clawson. Simmons’ bond was set at $15,000 subject to a no contact order with the victim. Public defender Stephen Ralph was appointed.

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