Once on scene, several witnesses pointed out Thornton as the suspect and he was taken into custody. Thornton was arrested and booked for one count of battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm. The suspects' weapon, a Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolver with a scope, was recovered as evidence.
Preston was taken into surgery for a single gunshot wound to his lower back that exited through his abdomen. The bullet struck his liver, kidney and colon causing enough damage to his colon that it had to be removed. Preston is in recovery and currently is in critical but stable condition.