ALLEN, Texas – During Tuesday’s press conference, the Allen police chief highlighted the heroic actions of a security guard who was killed in the attack.
Christian LaCour is credited with helping one person evacuate to safety and then remaining in place to help others. One of those people that he helped him may have been Irvin Walker.
Walker was shot in the chest after dropping off his girlfriend at a store. He told his family that a security guard came to help him.
Walker suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and shoulder and underwent surgery at Medical City McKinney on Monday.
Walker’s attorney says it’s a miracle he survived the shooting.
“This is something that is going to be played on his mind for a long time,” said Walker’s attorney Daryl Washington.
Walker was killed Saturday in the parking lot of Allen Premium Outlets while still in his vehicle. He had just left his girlfriend in a shop.
“Shortly after you let her out, you basically dumped this nut in his vehicle,” Washington said. “He doesn’t know what’s going on. Because this man is targeting me.”
Walker told his family right after he was shot, he got out of the car. A security guard came to help him.
“Irvin actually saw this guy get shot. Imagine having to deal with him,” Washington said. “The thing is, we try not to talk about it so much because we know the trauma. But this was a security guard who was checking him out and seeing what was wrong with him, and shortly after this guy gets shot.”
During a media briefing on Tuesday, Allen Police Chief Brian Harvey. He announced LaCour’s actions shortly before his death.
“We must also acknowledge the bravery of Allied security guard Christian LaCour, who carried one individual to safety and was shot as he bravely stood by to help others.”
Walker’s girlfriend said she was stuck inside a store during the shooting. She tried calling her boyfriend multiple times, but she never answered.
Walker underwent successful surgery on Monday, but bullet fragments remain in his body.
“I think people don’t realize the power of an AR-15,” Washington said. “It’s not something they shoot, and it’s a single shot. When it makes contact, you have all these fragments that are lodged in its body.”
Walker’s adult daughter arrived from Georgia after hearing her father had been shot. She and the rest of her family are continuing to pray that her recovery will go as planned.
Walker is scheduled for another surgery later this week.
From an investigation standpoint, Washington says they are looking into how many security guards were on the property at the time of the shooting.