Tue. Nov 24th, 2020

32-year-old SaQuanna Young was shot and killed at the Woodland Hills Apartments off County Road 120 on the northwest side of McNeil, AR. Another woman in the apartment, 28-year-old Veronica Smith of Waldo, AR was shot in the thigh.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that deputies were dispatched at 11:24 p.m. to a report of shots being fired. Sheriff Mike Loe said that someone fired a handgun into a room at the apartment from the outside.

31-year-old Jerry Pritchard, of Magnolia, AR was identified as a suspect and arrested by the Magnolia Police Department during a traffic stop at about 12:24 a.m. Tuesday.

Loe said Pritchard was being charged with first-degree murder, stalking, terroristic act and first-degree battery.

SaQuanna was pronounced dead by Coroner Randy Reed. Smith was taken by the Columbia County Ambulance Service to Magnolia Regional Medical Center.

At least one other person was inside the apartment but identities have not been released. Loe said that there had been a previous complaint of possible stalking of the victim at the apartment, but no suspect was identified.

Pritchard, who has no apparent prior criminal record in Columbia County, is being held at the Justice and Detention Facility. Loe anticipates that Pritchard’s initial court appearance will be on Wednesday.

The Magnolia Police Department and Arkansas State Police are assisting in the investigation.