Suspect arrested for shooting at Methuen McDonald's

Courtesy photoRodney Villar, 29, of Dracut was arrested by police in connection with a shooting at McDonald's on Haverhill Street in Methuen Friday night.

METHUEN — An unidentified man was seriously injured in a shooting at the McDonald's on Haverhill Street Friday night, police said.

Police arrested Rodney Villar, 29, of Dracut, and charged him with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a firearm; and assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to commit murder, according to police Chief Joseph Solomon.

The shooting was reported at 9:05 p.m. Police sent out a be-on-the-lookout message for Villar and captured him around 10:30 p.m., Solomon said.

Lowell, Dracut and state police took Villar into custody at his residence, according to the chief. The victim was transported to Lawrence General Hospital and later airlifted to a Boston hospital in critical condition, according to Solomon at press time.

The investigation was continuing late Friday night.