Man uses belt as tourniquet to help wounded Church’s Chicken employee

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SAN DIEGO — A quick-thinking bystander jumped in to help a Church’s Chicken employee wounded in a shooting at the fast-food restaurant Wednesday evening.

Around 5 p.m., David Walker was getting ready to start his shift at 7-Eleven on Picador Boulevard in Otay Mesa West when he heard gunshots coming from down the street.

He described seeing a Hispanic man in his 50s who had just been shot in the arm and chest.

“I see a guy come out the back door and just collapse, fall to his knees and he was bleeding everywhere,” Walker said.

That’s when Walker sprung into action, using a makeshift tourniquet to control the victim’s bleeding.

“I took my belt off and wrapped it around his arm to stop the bleeding the best that I could,” Walker said. “Had him tell me, do you have kids, a wife, just talk to me. He said that he had three kids and a wife.”

Investigators say it all started when a customer tried to pay for a meal using a counterfeit bill. When the man was unsuccessful, he left the restaurant but later returned to open fire, killing one employee and wounding two others.

“There’s a lot of evil people in this world,” Walker said. “I’m from the neighborhood so I really don’t expect any less.”

Police are still looking for the gunman, who was described as an African-American man, about 6′ tall with a thin build and in his 30s. He was wearing a blue Chargers beanie, a light blue sweatshirt and basketball shorts. He was seen driving a dark-blue sedan northbound on Picador Boulevard.

The gunman was seen driving a dark-blue sedan northbound on Picador Boulevard. (Credit: San Diego Police Department)

Anyone with information about the shooting should call San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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