Man shoots wife in Kingman parking lot

What began as a domestic dispute escalated into a shooting Tuesday morning in the parking lot of a Kingman grocery store.

The shooting left a local woman critically wounded and led to the arrest of her estranged husband.

Patsy Mymern, 37, a So-Hi resident, was shot several times, allegedly by her 56-year-old estranged husband.

The incident occurred in the store's parking lot in the 3400 block of Stockton Hill Road.

The suspect, James Mymern, of Commerce City, Colo., allegedly shot the woman at least four times before being physically restrained by a passing citizen and an off-duty police officer who held him until KPD arrived and took him into custody, KPD Cpl.

Tracie McKnight said.

Mymern allegedly pointed the gun at the citizen but the 9 mm semi-automatic handgun apparently had jammed, and the citizen tackled the suspect.

Mymern has been charged with one count of attempted murder and three counts of aggravated assault, she said.

It is believed Mymern had been following his wife for about one month after their separation, McKnight said.

Mymern was taken to Kingman Regional Medical Center where she was in surgery for about six hours.

She was later flown to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for more surgery.

She is listed in critical condition as of Wednesday morning, KRMC spokesman Marty Cowan said.

McKnight said that the hospital told KPD that they were "optimistic of her survival."

The incident began around 9:35 a.m.

when an eyewitness, who went to the woman's aid, saw the suspect struggling with the woman, hitting her with a gun then shooting her three times.

It is unknown how many shots were fired or the caliber of weapon.

"I see two people crouching down," Barbara Mynher said.

"I thought, why were they wrestling in the parking lot? Then I realize when the woman had blood on her.

Then I saw him with a gun, a big gun.

That's when I tried calling 911."

Mynher, who is a hypno-therapist, said she attempted to comfort Mymern before paramedics arrived.

She believed that Mymern had been shot three times, with bullet wounds in the arm, torso and leg.

"I tried to help calm her down," she said.

"Get her relaxed, trying to get her breathing normal."

Another witness to the shooting, who was attempting to get a jump for his truck's engine, did call 911.

The man, who would not give his name, saw the suspect wearing what he believed to be a fake beard and mustache.

He also saw the suspect pull up into a parking space dragging the woman out of the car and started hitting her with the gun as she tried to get away.

The suspect then allegedly pointed the gun at him.

He ducked behind his pickup truck when a bullet shattered his truck's back window, he said.