North Park police concerned as they investigate shooting at Walmart

North Park Police Sgt. John Seamons placing evidence markers after shooting, Sunday afternoon.

LOGAN — Sunday’s shooting at the North Logan Walmart is the second time in two months someone has used a gun to threaten others in the city.

North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes said the shooting could have easily happened anywhere and is a concern to law enforcement.

“Irregardless of whether it happened in my jurisdiction or Logan City’s,” said Hawkes. “The same feeling would be there, in reference to my concern that we are having issues, where people are deciding that violence is the means by which they are going to resolve an issue.”

Hawkes said if people choose to carry firearms, they must agree to use them responsibly.

“You know we take a very strong stand against individuals who violate firearms laws and put others at risk,” said Hawkes. “We are not going to tolerate that.”

The 37-year-old Richmond man accused of shooting at a couple in the North Logan Walmart parking lot, was arraigned in court Monday.

Stacy “Rob” Willis appeared in 1st District Court by closed circuit video from the Cache County Jail.

Willis was assigned a public defender. Judge Kevin Allen said he agreed with the prosecution’s evidence that Willis is a threat to the community and ordered that he remain in jail without bail.

Willis is charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, a second-degree felony and prosecutors said additional charges may be filed as an investigation continues. He is scheduled to appear in court again July 14.

Hawkes said Willis is accused of shooting at Doug Saunders and his wife in their black Ford F-350, Sunday afternoon.

Saunders told police that Willis pulled up alongside his truck and demanded money. As he pulled away, Willis followed him so Saunders put his truck in reverse and rammed Willis’ dark green S10 pickup to try and disable it.

Hawkes said as Saunders tried to drive away, Willis shot at the truck, one shot entering the back window and exciting the front windshield.

Police say they found two shell casings in the parking lot and that Willis may have shot more than twice.

Willis’ was later arrested at his home in Richmond. His truck was found in Smithfield, near Skyview High School.

In May, 34-year-old Jason Barr reportedly walked into the Cache Valley Hospital, brandished a weapon and demanded prescription drugs.

Burr faces eight criminal charges from the May 16 incident, including aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and weapons violations. He is currently in the Cache County Jail and is due again in court July 30.

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