MIDLOTHIAN — A fight turned late-night shooting in the parking lot of the Midlothian Walmart sent two to the emergency room late Monday night.
According to Midlothian Police Capt. John Spann, the suspect, identified as Brian Taylor Speights, 22, of Midlothian, made a voluntary statement to officers after he was taken into custody at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center — Waxahachie.
Speights also informed the arresting officers that he confessed to shooting the two individuals — 19-year-old Cedar Hill resident, Andrew Douglas Woodrum, and 20-year-old Marshall Dillon Henry of Midlothian — to a 9-1-1 operator while in a vehicle taking Henry to Baylor Scott and White.
Spann noted Henry has a gunshot wound to the arm and face, while Woodrum is listed to be in serious condition at Parkland Hospital in Dallas after being shot in the torso. Midlothian Fire and EMS advised dispatch to transport Woodrum via air ambulance from the scene.
"The investigation is still in progress, but it was determined the suspect and the victims knew each other and had met at Walmart. A fight started and the suspect (Speights) discharged a firearm," stated Spann in an update issued Tuesday afternoon. "Speights was taken into custody at Baylor Waxahachie by officers and he did make a voluntary statement that he had shot both victims. Brian Speights was in the vehicle that transported the second victim to Baylor Waxahachie Hospital. He further stated that on the way to the hospital, he called 911 and advised the operator that he had shot the victims."
In the initial report, Spann noted the Northern Ellis Emergency Dispatch received several 911 calls at approximately 11:40 p.m. on Monday, June 5 related to a shooting in the parking of the Walmart located in the 400 block of US Highway 287 in Midlothian.
Once on scene, officers found a victim with a gunshot wound to the torso, while, according to witnesses, a second victim, now identified as Henry, had been transported by friends to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center — Waxahachie.
While in the Walmart parking lot, Midlothian Fire and EMS advised dispatch that the victim, identified as Woodrum, needed a medical helicopter. Woodrum was flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas.
Spann also explained that officers on scene were able to determine Speights as the suspected shooter.
As of press time, Speights was in the jail at the Midlothian Police Department while he awaits arraignment before being transported to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie. He is being held on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, which is a second-degree felony.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith