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Walmart shooting suspect charged with attempted capital murder

Posted: February 3, 2014 - 11:58am
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Police lights flash at a Walmart in Conway on Saturday night as officers investigate a shooting inside the store, which left one woman injured. Myron Tyrell, 29, has been charged with attempted capital murder for his alleged role in the shooting.
Police lights flash at a Walmart in Conway on Saturday night as officers investigate a shooting inside the store, which left one woman injured. Myron Tyrell, 29, has been charged with attempted capital murder for his alleged role in the shooting.

An attempted capital murder charge has been filed against the man police say is responsible for a Saturday night shooting at a Walmart in north Conway.

That charge, along with charges of simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of a controlled substance with purpose to deliver were filed against Myron Terrell, 29, in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Monday morning. A firearm enhancement will also be added to Terrell’s charges.

Terrell appeared, via video feed, before Faulkner County District Court Judge Susan Weaver on Monday afternoon for his first appearance where his bond was set at $1 million. Conditions of the bond also include a no-contact order with the victim and an ankle monitor.

Weaver also granted the defendant’s request for a public defender. His arraignment was set for Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio.

Terrell, who police say was a store employee, was arrested hours after the Walmart shooting, which left one woman injured.

Police responded to the shooting in the 1100 block of Skyline Drive around 9:57 p.m. According to the prosecutor’s affidavit, a Conway officer previously responded to an unrelated shoplifting call and was in her police vehicle when she encountered several patrons run from the store and claim a shooting occurred.

Officers found the victim, identified as 42-year-old Lori Martin, surrounded by blood and shell casings on the floor near the front of the store. The victim’s husband said the man ran toward his wife and fired several shots at her with what he described as a black pistol, the affidavit states.

Multiple witnesses were able to corroborate the husband’s account. One witness told police the male had a “smirk” on his face; another witness told officers the male smiled at the victim before walking off, the affidavit states.

Through video surveillance, police learned the suspect entered the store’s south entrance around 9:54 p.m., and “began walking down different aisles around the store” and seemed to be looking for someone. Police said the suspect was in the area of checkout aisle 9 and 10 when “he turned slightly to his left” and walked toward checkout aisle 7, according to the affidavit.

“He walked straight toward a white female, Lori Martin, who was standing in line 7,” the affidavit states. “He produced a handgun from his waistband area, pointed it at Mrs. Martin and began firing multiple rounds from the weapon.”

Police said the suspect then fled to a vehicle in the parking lot. Further investigation into the video surveillance showed the vehicle was parked in the same spot since around 1 p.m.

Video surveillance showed the suspect previously entered the store, went to the customer service area and returned an item, the affidavit states. This revelation, along with witness and employee statements, helped police learn the identity of the suspect.

Terrell was taken into custody outside his apartment in the 1800 block of Hogan Lane around 2:05 a.m. Sunday.

According to the affidavit, Terrell admitted to the shooting while being interrogated by investigators. Terrell claimed he felt threatened by the victim and was tormented by her his entire life.

“He could not give any facts to corroborate his claim as to how he was threatened or how he was being harassed,” the affidavit states.

“Looking at video and talking to people led detectives to believe [the victim] was targeted, but no evidence leads to them knowing each other,” Conway police spokesperson La Tresha Woodruff told the Log Cabin Democrat on Sunday.

Hours after his arrest, detectives obtained a search warrant and executed it at Terrell’s apartment, which yielded the discovery of a silver and black Ruger LC 9mm, one loaded magazine and “two large plastic vacuum-sealed bags containing a green leafy substance,” according to the affidavit. Two smaller plastic bags of the same green leafy substance and two digital scales were also found in the apartment, the affidavit states. One 9mm shell casing was also found in Terrell’s vehicle.

The victim was transported to the Conway Regional Medical Center where she underwent surgery. According to the affidavit, the surgeon indicated Martin suffered injuries to her abdominal region and calf. The surgeon also indicated the victim had three “projectiles” lodged in her body, including one in her upper back, which resulted from a gunshot wound to her chest.

Woodruff said Sunday that at last check, Martin was in critical but stable condition. A Conway Regional Medical Center employee confirmed Monday afternoon that Martin was still in the hospital’s Critical Care Unit.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan.)

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cyndie74
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cyndie74 02/03/14 - 04:27 pm
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Wow.

How quickly someone will try to take a life and throw away their own as well. People are nuts.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/04/14 - 08:23 am
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The gun

I plan to watch closely how this story plays out. What was the gunman's relationship with the victim? Was this planned or spur of the moment? Where did the gun come from? Was the gun legally obtained and, if so, how and where? Or was it illegally obtained? Can the gun be traced? If not, why not? Did the man have a previous record? Did he have a record of mental illness or violence?

DanCDaves
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DanCDaves 02/05/14 - 07:18 am
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Way to go

A shooting happens in your hometown and all you can think about is where the gun came from, how the suspect got it, whether or not he has a history of mental illness, etc. Is this the new way for gun grabbers to solve crimes?

A person nearly commits murder and you want to know about the gun as if that gun is responsible for the crime. Good to know you care so much about the victim and not that you want to politicize the manner in which he got the gun. Not predictable at all.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/05/14 - 07:41 am
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Clue

I also asked several questions about the perpetrator, his mental health, sequence of events, etc. You choose to be focused not on the fact that a dangerous weapon was central to the commission of this crime but that any discussion of this fact may somehow interfere with your political notions.

Ever played a game of Clue? I guess if you found out the murder weapon was the gun you would just scream 2nd Amendment and turn over the game table.

"Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not." (Jeremiah 5:21)

mikeng1994
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mikeng1994 02/05/14 - 09:00 am
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Maybe

You questions are valid to be sure, however, would you ask the exact same questions had the weapon been a knife?

I am certain that if this guy is a drug dealer, he did not take time to get a concealed carry or even register the weapon. Its obvious he has no concern for the law, which make my point of the only thing control laws do, is keep tabs on the law abiding people. The criminal could give a hoot.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/05/14 - 09:56 am
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Lachowsj says

He should have stabbed her.

Because, if he had stabbed her, would you ask where he got the knife?

No, you wouldn't.

Would you ask if he stabbed her six times about his mental state?

No, you wouldn't.

alipage72
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alipage72 02/05/14 - 01:03 pm
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Sorry @lachowsj

Sorry you seem to be taking a hit for your questions. I totally get where you are coming from. I get that people are upset about what happened to the victim, as well they should be. Nothing in your questions negate that at all. Those are real questions that people come up with, and it is unfortunate that sometimes, people tend to just hit the comments sections as fast as their brains come up with the words. Just because you didn't memorialize your concern for the victim in type, doesn't mean that you don't have them any less.
Each and every question he asked is a valid one, and he didn't only hit the gun issue, he covered multiple issues. Mental health, relationship to the victimfor example.
It's aggravating that someone else has to actually re-type what you already typed just to try to explain what you were not saying.

conwaygerl
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conwaygerl 02/05/14 - 01:48 pm
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You must be new here

He/she does the same thing with every gun incident.

Watch and learn.

reader
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reader 02/04/14 - 09:30 am
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From the info here

I would suspect paranoid schizophrenia.

conwayville
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conwayville 02/05/14 - 06:31 am
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Where

Where were the concealed carry holders?

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