Survivors of last Saturday’s deadly mass shooting at Allen Premium Outlets, which resulted in the killing of eight people by a gunman, are continuing to recover, with some showing notable improvement in condition.
Medical City Healthcare gave an update on the shooting victims in a statement to WFAA. The company noted that there were five patients as of Thursday still in its care at two different hospitals.
At Medical City McKinney, one patient is in good condition, and three are in fair condition. There is one more patient in good condition at Medical City Plano.
There was also a child victim who survived the attack and was released from Medical City Children’s Hospital in good condition — 6-year-old William Cho, whose parents and 3-year-old brother were killed by the shooter.
Another survivor, Irvin Walker II, remains hospitalized after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. Walker had been driving past the shooter’s car to park when the gunman opened fire on him, according to a GoFundMe set up by his family to raise money for the medical bills to come.
Walker sustained three wounds, two to his chest and another to his shoulder. Despite this, Walker has reportedly remained optimistic. The family said on the fundraising page that he is stable and expected to survive.
Daryl Washington, Walker’s lawyer, described the bullet fragments that peppered his body as appearing as though someone had taken a marker to random portions of his body, according to NBC 5.
One of these bullet fragments had lodged itself dangerously near his heart, only inches away.
“There are so many bullet fragments [lodged] inside his body, that the doctor finally said, ‘there’s nothing we can do about it,'” said Washington, according to NBC 5.
Medical professionals are hopeful that scar tissues will form and prevent the movement of the fragment. However, Washington lamented that Walker would likely have to live with the reality that any wrong move could cause complications.
Jasmine Walker, Walker’s daughter, said her father had already undergone one surgery but will likely need another next week.
“He knows that God is with him. That’s what he has been saying since the beginning,” said Walker, according to NBC 5. “He’s been inspiring us, and he’s in pain. That’s just the type of person he is. He’s trying to reassure me he’s going to be ok.”
Another GoFundMe has since been set up to support the survivors and all affected parties of this latest mass shooting. Citizens also have the opportunity to donate to the Support for Allen Fund for continued efforts.