The Hot Springs Arkansas Police Department (HSPD) identifies the two deceased women as Montieria Myers, 22 and Mernaiya Myers, 19, both of Hot Springs.
Police say that they viewed video surveillance and interviewed witnesses, and determined that Montieria and Mernaiya accompanied their mom into Simply Unique Hair Beauty Supply store, and confronted an employee about an on-going personal dispute with their mom.
The police claim that a physical altercation occurred between Montieria and Mernaiya and the shop employee. At some point, the employee pulled a gun and shot both Montieria and Mernaiya dead. The mom, according to police, fled the scene when shots were fired.
The HSPD says a case file is being assembled to present to the Prosecutors Office for review to determine if any changes will be filed in this case.
Here's a picture of the mother, Latonya Myers:
Stephen Sellers works in the area and says his customers kept talking about what happened.
“He came in mentioned some commotion over about a block away from where we were and I kind of brushed it off and another lady came in about 30 minutes to an hour later and she said the same thing.”
Officer Cervantes said, “Detectives are working on this investigation it’s fresh. Anything like this is hard to work. Not only for the families but for the officers and detectives. Any death is very unfortunate and we will work with them. We are praying for them and hopefully, they can work through this.”
“It’s just sad usually crimes in the area are drug or alcohol-related but it’s just sad real sad,” a local business owner said.