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Habitat For Humanity releases statement on recent manager shooting

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - Habitat for Humanity released a statement Saturday night, following the shooting of one of their managers by a former employee.

At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, Hot Springs police responded to a shooting that occurred outside the Habitat for Humanity at 305 Malvern Avenue.

Once police arrived on the scene, they spoke with the victim who was able to identify the shooter as 58-year-old Patrick Lee McElroy. The vicitm was a manager at Habitat for Humanity, and McElroy was a former employee. He had been terminated recently from the business.

Officials with Habitat for Humanity released the following statement on Saturday, November 28:

"We at Garland County Habitat for Humanity remained shocked and stunned by this senseless act of violence perpetuated against Sheldon Rhine, one of our most dedicated ReStore employees. As many people across Arkansas have learned, Rhine was shot by a former co-worker in the parking lot after our ReStore closed the night before thanksgiving. Rhine is hospitalized and healing and is expected to make a full recovery. He, his family and colleagues throughout GCHFH, including all the 3 ReStores, are receiving support from our organization that includes stress counseling.

GCHFH remains as determined as ever to provide quality housing to those in need. We appreciate the outpouring of goodwill we have received in this difficult time."

McElroy was arrested and taken to the Garland County Detention Center and charged with first degree battery.