Woman with a duffel bag full of ammunition shoots man outside VA hospital, possible mass shooting thwarted

A woman charged with shooting a man at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville on Friday was brought to the hospital for mental help, according to an affidavit filed by the FBI in federal court.

Jasmine Laquanmoyea Thomas, 27, was taken to the VA on Friday afternoon by her mother, Pamela McKinnon. McKinnon told investigators that she brought her daughter to the facility for mental health treatment.

The victim was identified as Michael James Walker. Walker, 64, was shot when he stepped outside to call his wife for a ride after being treated at the urgent care center at the VA facility, according to the affidavit.

McKinnon told investigators that when her daughter got out of the car, she was carrying a red duffel bag. She said Thomas pulled a handgun from the bag and shot Walker, the affidavit said.

Police arrested Thomas following the shooting. According to an affidavit filed by the FBI in federal court, Thomas was brought to the hospital for mental health help.

Walker remains in critical condition, his wife said Tuesday.

Chris Walker said she was on the phone with her husband and heard a lot of commotion. She said it sounded like her husband was far from the phone.

“I heard the siren of first responders but did not think anything of it because he was at the VA,” she said.

Fifteen minutes later, she said, she received a call from the VA telling her that Michael had been shot.

“I said to the person on the phone, ‘What do you mean my husband has been shot?'” Walker said.

She said for a moment she was in disbelief but rushed to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where her husband was being treated.

When Thomas arrived at the VA, she was carrying a duffel bag with ammunition, according to authorities.

Walker said when she heard about that, she knew her husband had saved the lives of others.

“My husband is a hero,” she said. “If the shooter would have made it inside the number of lives that could have been lost.”

She said her husband is in intensive care in critical condition at Cape Fear Valley. She described Michael as a good family man with strong faith and asked for prayers for her family.

Walker served in the Air Force and also worked with the Army’s Special Forces, she said.

Thomas faces a charge of assault with intent to commit murder. She remains in the Cumberland County Detention Center.


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