3 hurt in East Texas Wal-Mart hatchet attack

MARSHALL, Texas — Three people have been hurt in a hatchet attack at a Wal-Mart in East Texas and police arrested a transient on assault charges.

Marshall police Detective Sonya Johnson said Monday that Christopher Hamilton of Crawford, Ark., allegedly had the hatchet with him when entering the store. Two female workers and a male shopper were attacked early Sunday.

Authorities are trying to determine a motive. Police don’t believe Hamilton knows the victims.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokeswoman Betsy Harden says one worker was treated and released while the other should soon be discharged from a hospital. The customer was slightly hurt trying to help the workers and he didn’t seek medical help.

Hamilton was being held Monday on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bond set at $225,000.

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