Student describes ‘surreal’ Wal-Mart shooting; police arrest suspect hours later

Myron Terrell, 29 of Conway, was arrested and charged with attempted capital murder following a shooting at the Wal-Mart on Skyline Drive on Feb. 1.

Conway police responded to the Wal-Mart shooting at approximately 9:57 p.m. after Terrell walked in the store’s south entrance and fired five times.

According to the Log Cabin Democrat, Terrell walked up and down a few isles before he turned to Lori Martin, 42, of Conway and fired. Terrell then ran to a vehicle in the parking lot. The store’s surveillance video showed the vehicle Terrell fled to had been in the parking lot since 1 p.m.

Student Connor Ryan, 20, and his friends went to Wal-Mart after eating dinner at Old Chicago in downtown Conway.

“I didn’t know if I should go to self-checkout or regular checkout, which actually turned out to be an important decision,” Ryan said.

Seconds after printing his receipt at a self-checkout lane, Ryan heard the gunfire. He described the gun sounding like a balloon popping or something hitting the floor loudly. After three times, he said he knew it was a gun.

“After I heard the gun shots, I wasn’t thinking about my bags,” Ryan said, “It didn’t really register right away and some of my friends hesitated and ducked. I just sprinted out the door. I don’t think I have ever felt the same way, I was just trying to get out of there as fast as possible. It was more surreal than anything.”

Ryan said everyone was running as fast as they could because they didn’t know what the gunman was thinking.

“The police were on it so quick,” Ryan said. “Probably 8-10 minutes after it happened, we were back in our car and driving away quickly.”

Wal-Mart employees helped officers discover that Terrell was an store employee, which led to his quick arrest hours later.

Terrell was taken into custody around 2:05 a.m. outside his apartment and admitted to the shooting. According to the Log Cabin Democrat, detectives obtained a search warrant hours after his arrest and found bags of a green leafy substance and two digital scales in Terrell’s apartment.

Terrell was also charged with simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and possession of a controlled substance.

Martin underwent surgery at the Conway Regional Medical Center and is currently in critical care, but in stable condition.


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