Bul­let hits woman as tat­too ap­plied

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

A 23-year-old man has been ar­rested af­ter a woman was shot while get­ting a tat­too in­side a home, po­lice said.

Fort Smith of­fi­cers were called about 6:45 p.m. Wed­nes­day to a hospi­tal, where they found Shaylee Pick­ett, 19, with a sin­gle gun­shot wound, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors in­ter­viewed the two men who took Pick­ett to the hospi­tal, who orig­i­nally told them that the shoot­ing had oc­curred at Martin Luther King Park, 1815 N. Green­wood Ave. Both even­tu­ally told po­lice that Pick­ett was ac­tu­ally shot at a res­i­dence in the 3000 block of Hardie Av­enue.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, Pick­ett was get­ting the tat­too in a bedroom while Joel Ayala was han­dling a gun. The weapon re­port­edly dis­charged, and Pick­ett was hit in the arm, with the bul­let con­tin­u­ing to her chest, au­thor­i­ties said. Wit­nesses told po­lice the shoot­ing was ac­ci­den­tal.

Po­lice said Pick­ett un­der­went emer­gency surgery and was listed in sta­ble but crit­i­cal con­di­tion Thurs­day evening.

Ayala faces charges of first-de­gree bat­tery, be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm and pa­role vi­o­la­tion. He was be­ing held at the Se­bas­tian County jail with­out bail Thurs­day.

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