Conway police have released new details in a deadly shooting at a Conway bingo parlor Saturday night. They said Tuesday around 20 people were inside when a man shot his estranged girlfriend and then turned the gun on himself.
They also released that the suspect was carrying a 20-gauge shotgun.
The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Saturday and Conway police say they were called to Mill Pond Bingo.
They said when they arrived on scene, they found Richard Register, 41, and his estranged girlfriend Ebony Parson both dead of gunshot wounds.
"He entered the bingo hall and at that point he was armed with a 20 gauge shotgun, went in and actually shot and killed Ms. Parson and then turned the gun on himself and took his own life," explained Conway police Lieutenant Selena Small.
On September 4, police confirmed that Register was arrested for kidnapping and criminal domestic violence and they say Parson was again, the victim.
Register's bond was set at $20,000 and he was out less than 18 hours after his arrest.
"Domestic violence is a problem of our community. It's not just Ebony's problem or her family's problem. It's all of our problem," said domestic violence victim advocate Linda Snelling.
Snelling explained that an incident like the one on Saturday could have been prevented which is why she says she's reaching out: to prevent this from happening again.
"When you see a domestic violent situation happening, you don't need to get involved yourself but you can at least call 911."
Snelling added that in some situations, it's as simple as letting a victim know that you are there for them. She explained that we need to see more of a dialogue so victims, their loved ones, and their communities know domestic violence is not ok.
"We all need to know this could be us, this could be our daughter, this could be my sister or my mother and we need to talk about it."
Police say if you or someone you know is being abused, please call Lifeline at 843-232-7055. They are available 24 hours a day.