Customer launches soup cans at suspect to stop Walmart hatchet a - WNEM TV 5

Customer launches soup cans at suspect to stop Walmart hatchet attack

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Christopher Hamilton (Source: Marshall Police Department) Christopher Hamilton (Source: Marshall Police Department)

Three people were injured Sunday morning when a man with a hatchet started assaulting people inside of a Marshall Walmart. Marshall Police say Christopher Hamilton, a transient from Crawford, Arkansas, is responsible for the attack. 

According to the police report, Hamilton entered the story wearing a large back pack with a brown dog on a leash. He proceeded to strike customers with a hatchet.

"When I walked toward the front [of the store] to get a soda, I saw there was blood on the floor... a lot of chaos going on and associates crying... customers standing there bleeding and trying to get bandaged up," says Stacy Stewart who was at the store when the attack happened.

Stewart says store security was tight while authorities searched for the man who had fled the scene.

"They didn't want any associates going outside and no other customers were allowed in the store because it was pretty much a crime scene," he says.

A Walmart spokesperson says one customer and two employees were injured in the attack. A female employee had the most severe of the injuries and did have to stay overnight in the hospital. The customer was injured when he stepped in to stop the attack.

"We did have one customer who jumped in and came to the aid and he was slightly injured but luckily did not have to seek medical treatment," explains Walmart Spokesperson Betsy Harden.

Harden says the hospitalized employee was scheduled to be released from the hospital sometime on Monday.

"Of course it was a terrible thing that happened, but we are thankful that it didn't turn out any worse," says Harden.

Stewart says aside from noticing blood, he saw busted cans goods on the floor because a customer had launched them at the man with the hatchet.

"Evidently [the customer] had grabbed some cans of soup off of the stack and started throwing them at [the man with the hatchet] to get him off of the associate, and I believe he hit him in the back of the head and that's when the guy took off running," says Stewart.

Marshall Police say after an hour-and-a-half-long search, K9 units lead them to Hamilton who was hiding in the woods behind the Walmart. The weapon used in the attack was also recovered.

Hamilton is currently being held in the Harrison County Jail on a $225,000 bond.

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