A transient from western Arkansas is in jail after police say he swung a hatchet at shoppers inside a Marshall Walmart on Sunday morning.
Police say just before 6 a.m. on Sunday, dispatchers in Marshall received a report that a man, later identified as 27-year-old Christopher Hamilton, of Crawford, AR, was inside Walmart on E. End Boulevard North attacking customers with a hatchet.
When law enforcement arrived, they found several people with injuries from the attack.
Hamilton fled the scene into a wooded area and near the store where he was located at 7:30 a.m. by authorities. He has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. On Monday, Hamilton's bond was set at $225,000 - $75,000 for each charge.
According to Walmart Corporate Media Relations representative Betsy Hardin, three people were injured in the attack. A female associate is still in the hospital, but is expected to be released Monday. A second associate and a customer who attempted to intervene were also injured, although neither were hospitalized
Hardin says everyone is in good spirits after the attack and are thankful the situation wasn't worse.
Marshall firefighters and EMS also responded to the scene. A K9 unit from the Hallsville Police Department and troopers from the Department of Public Safety assisted i the search.
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