HS motorist arrested for allegedly shooting at an occupied vehicle
A local woman was arrested on multiple felony charges late Friday after allegedly shooting at another vehicle occupied by two people while driving on Central Avenue earlier in the day.
Lachanda Dashay Nutt, 29, of 122 Prichard St., was taken into custody at her residence around 10:30 p.m. and later charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm from a vehicle and two counts of committing a terroristic act, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and two counts of aggravated assault, each punishable by up to six years in prison.
Nutt, who lists no prior criminal history, was booked into the Garland County Detention Center shortly after 1:30 a.m. Saturday and was released on a $20,000 bond shortly after 11 a.m. that same day. She is set to appear on March 14 in Garland County District Court.
According to the probable cause affidavit obtained Tuesday, at around 5:30 p.m. Friday, Hot Springs police responded to Kroger, 3341 Central Ave., regarding a report of shots fired.
The officers made contact with two alleged victims, a man, 32, and a woman, 27. The woman said that about five minutes earlier they were driving south on Central approaching the Kroger when a known suspect, identified as Nutt, drove up next to them in a dark gray Dodge Journey.
Nutt allegedly rolled down her window and began yelling at the man and woman that “they stole her pills.” Nutt then reportedly pulled out a handgun and fired two rounds at them. The bullets reportedly struck the hood of the woman’s maroon 2011 Chevrolet HHR, causing approximately $300 in damages.
A witness who was traveling behind the victim’s HHR told police he saw a gray SUV pull up beside the HHR as they were all traveling south on Central. He said he saw someone stick a handgun out of the driver’s window of the SUV, point it toward the HHR and shoot twice.
Both the man and woman in the HHR told police they wanted to pursue charges in the incident. Nutt was later taken into custody at her residence “on a separate but related incident,” the affidavit states, and brought to the Hot Springs Police Department for questioning.
After being read her rights, Nutt reportedly denied any involvement in the shooting incident.