UPDATE: Pair Arrested in Connection to Hixson Walmart Shooting
UPDATE: Hamilton County authorities have arrested two men in connection to the shooting at a Hixson Walmart.
Deputies arrested Benjamin James Murphy, 29, and Anthony Lee Mullis, 21, on Thursday.
According to court documents, Murphy shot Mercedes Stalyon in the thigh in a drug deal gone bad. Stalyon told officers she had arranged a meeting with Anthony Mullis in the Walmart parking lot in Hixson so she could get some oxycodone. She took her brother and another man with her. When they arrived, Mullis and Murphy were already in the parking lot. Stalyon says when she arrived Murphy got out of the car and demanded her money. When she told him she did not’t have any money, Murphy reportedly shot her in the thigh.
Deputies have charged Benjamin Murphy with one count of attempted first degree murder, one count of reckless felony endangerment, one count of attempted aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated assault and one count of possessing a firearm while committing a dangerous felony. He is being held on a $440,000 bond.
Mullis is charged with attempted aggravated robbery and accessory after the fact for providing Mullis with help fleeing the scene. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.
Both men are due in Hamilton County Sessions Court on Oct. 13.
PREVIOUS STORY: The woman who was shot in the Hixson Walmart parking lot spoke with Channel 3 after being released from the hospital on Tuesday. Mercedes Stalyon, 20, described some of the intense moments leading up to the shooting on Monday night. The suspect is still on the run.
"(The shooter) pointed the gun at me and was like, '(expletive) give me the money'," Stalyon said. "I was like, I don't have no money. And he was like, 'give me the (expletive) money or I'm gonna shoot you.'"
Stalyon still has a bullet lodged in her hip.
"(The suspect) had the gun pointed right above my heart. It was pointed towards my chest. Somehow or another, I don't know how the hell it happened, but I moved, and it kept the bullet from hitting me in my chest. It hit me in the leg," she recalled.
Crime scene tape still hangs from the shopping cart corrals outside of the Walmart store.
The 20-year-old was parked outside of Walmart with her brother and another friend, when police say that an argument broke out with the unknown suspect, and a shot was fired.
Eyewitness News talked to several witnesses who were nearby when it happened.
"I was just sitting in my car, and I just heard, like, a gunshot," one man said.
"There was two dudes fighting one guy, and I guess dude didn't wanna get whooped anymore," said John McMurray. "That's when he brought out a gun, and actually only shot a girl."
Shoppers were surprised to find out it had happened.
"People just mess over people now, and I don't understand that," said Donnie Williams, who shops at the Hixson store regularly.
Wiliams said the incident makes him think twice about his safety.
"Now I'm wanting to get back in the car and leave," he said.
Stalyon thinks the shooter was after her money. She doesn't know who pulled the trigger, and couldn't offer up a detailed description to police, either.
However, the shooting victim has some strong words for the suspect.
"There was two men in the car, and you shot the woman, of all people. Does that make you feel better about yourself?" Stalyon asked.
The mother of one says she's glad to be home from the hospital, but isn't expecting a quick recovery. She will have to see doctors again soon to get the bullet removed.
"I don't wish death upon nobody but, one way or another he's gonna get what he deserves," Stalyon said. "I'm not saying it's gonna be by me, I mean, hell, karma will get him."
Although the male suspect has not been apprehended, Chattanooga Police do not believe the public is in danger because it was not a random shooting.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police are working to identify the man who shot a 20-year-old woman Monday night in the parking lot of the Hixson Walmart.
Mercedes Stalyon was shot in the right hip around 7:50 p.m. Monday outside the Walmart on Highway 153.
Police say the shooting happened during a dispute between Stalyon and an unidentified man.
Stalyon was immediately taken to a local hospital by EMS for treatment. Her injury is non-life-threatening.
Police have not released a suspect description. If you have any information, call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525.
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Police are investigating a shooting at the Walmart located on Highway 153.
Dispatch tells Channel 3, one victim, a female, was taken to a local hospital. Her injury does not appear to be life threatening.
It happened just before 8:00 p.m. Monday.
Chattanooga Police tweeted that it was a dispute between a male and female in the Walmart parking lot. And that the male suspect left scene.
We will continue to update this story as information becomes available.