Allen Shooting Victim Inspires Hospital Staff

Medical City McKinney | Image by Josh Carter, The Dallas Express

McKINNEY — After the May 6 shooting at Allen Premium Outlets, eight patients were rushed to Medical City McKinney with serious gunshot injuries, hospital officials said.

Eight others died on the scene before an Allen police officer shot and killed the gunman, 33-year-old Mauricio Garcia from Dallas.

One survivor was Irvin Walker, who talked about the incident Tuesday at Medical City McKinney. He attended a press conference with his attorney, Daryl K. Washington, and hospital administrators.

“This event was just evidence of evil not winning,” said Walker, who came with his girlfriend to the outlet mall for an afternoon of shopping. “The power of God showed up brightly to help get me through this process.”

Walker, 46, from Lafayette, La., was the first patient to arrive at the hospital and had bullet fragments in his shoulder. He has had multiple surgeries, Medical City McKinney trauma director Dr. Elizabeth Kim said.

“He has a long way to go and still needs mobility in his arm,” Kim said.

Kim said Walker was calm and an inspiration for the hospital staff and her.

“Enormous thanks and praise to the most high God,” Kim added.

Medical City McKinney chief nursing officer Cassidi Summers said she responded to the scene and treated victims.

“Every person responded with speed and skill and a tremendous amount of passion,” Summers said.

The shooting happened at 3:36 p.m. on May 6. Garcia was killed by an Allen Police officer, who was at the scene on an unrelated call.

The officer, who has not been publicly identified, shot Garcia two minutes after calling for backup, Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey said

“He heard gunshots, went to the gunshots, engaged the suspect and neutralized the suspect,” Harvey said after the incident.

Of the eight who were killed in the incident, three were from the same family, Kyu and Cindy Cho and their 3-year-old son, James. Two sisters died, 11-year-old Daniela Mendoza and 8-year-old Sofia Mendoza. The other victims were Christian LaCour, 20; Aishwarya Thatikonda, 27; and Elio Cumana-Rivas, 32.

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