Two Nurses dead in North Texas

  1. On May 16, Alisa Stewart-40 of Plano and Amy Wingfield-31 OF Celina were returning from lunch on a nice sunny day. When their white Ford SUV pulled up to their workplace: North Central Medical Center in McKinney, a man waited for them. From a field not far away from the parklot was a row of trees, where the man hid. With his .223 caliber rifle he took aim. He killed Amy with a shot to the head and wounded Alisa in the back. Then he left the seen. On Tuesday, Paul E. Wooley-46 was arrest for the assualt of the two Pediatric Nurses. Paul is a manic depressive and had a breakdown at his job. After the shooting he left for Amarillo and attempted suicide. He now is in Jail with a $300,000 bond awaiting his day in court. I ask all nurses on this forum to remember them. We shall honor both these nurses, who lost their lives... and their services.
    May the Force be with them...
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  3. by   fedupnurse
    That is so sad! How horrible for their families, friends and patients! God bless them.
  4. by   Tiiki
    How awful, sad. I am speachless. You go to work to save lives..and one brief moment..yours is gone. I have never been frightened of going to work. Hope I never am.

    My prayers are with those nurses and their families.

  5. by   oramar
    This is tragic. An initial investigation stated that the attack was directly related to cutbacks in funding of mental health care. This same man had checked himself into a inpatient mental health facility on many occasions when he felt himself going off the deep end. Under cost saving regulations he was no longer able to do that. We are having this same problem in Pennsylvania.
  6. by   JMP
    What an awful thing to happen!

    Another good case for gun control.
  7. by   traumaRUs
    I live in central Illinois - our state mental health hospital closes September 1st. Our adult mental health unit at the hospital where I work, closes July 1st. We will go from having 120 beds for acutely mentally ill pts to having 10!!!!! As the mother of a bipolar teen who has been hospitalized, I am so very aware of how terribly dangerous this is going to be.

    So very sorry for these nurses, families and their friends!!!
  8. by   P_RN
    This is terrible. I'm surprised at the bail amount. Seeing as he has fled once, it would be more appropriate to have him remanded. My sincere condolences to their families and friends.
  9. by   Silicone
    The police had the wrong guy - looks like her husband did it.
    Police say the husband of a nurse killed in a McKinney hospital parking lot has confessed to the slaying.

    Police said Allen firefighter Raymond Wingfield, 30, of Celina was arrested Wednesday in the fatal shooting last Thursday of nurse Amy Wingfield, 31, and the wounding of fellow nurse Alisa Stewart, 40, of Plano in the parking lot of North Central Medical Center in McKinney.

    Police said Raymond Wingfield called the Collin County Sheriff's Office just before 6 p.m. Wednesday claiming people had shot at him near the Cottage Hill Cemetery, where his wife of eight years was buried Monday. Police determined the incident was staged and during an interview Wingfield gave police a written statement to his involvment in the hospital shooting.

    "Wingfield also led investigators to a remote area where the weapon, believed to be used in the offenses, was recovered," the statement said.

    Wingfield, 30, was booked into the Collin County Jail about 6:30 a.m. Thursday, said Lt. John Norton of the Collin County Sheriff's Department. Wingfield is a fireman in nearby Allen, where fire department spokeswoman Amanda Carroll said she could not comment.

    Charges were dropped earlier Thursday against Paul E. Wooley, 46, and he was released from custody about 3:30 a.m. He had been charged with Amy Wingfield's slaying.
  10. by   oramar
    How in the world did the story get so messed up. There has been no mention of the husband in any other release.
  11. by   jevans
    This is so sad
    A prayer to the nurses and their families
    Atleast here we have very few guns but then who can tell
  12. by   2ndCareerRN
    Another good case for gun control
    I am curious as to what you mean by "gun control". Do you mean disarming the populace of the US? Do you mean stricter controls on who buys what, such as in Canada? I am at a loss as to how "gun control" would have made a difference in this case. It seems that the husband wanted her dead, a gun was the tool of choice this time. If he had not had the gun, I beleive he would have found another way to kill her.
    So you can see where my feelings lie, a gun is nothing more than a tool, I have guns and I have yet to see one of them do anything on their own. They are inanimate objects, incapable of leaving the safe and causing harm on their own.
    Yes, the US has it share of firearms violence, yet so do many countries with laws prohibiting or severely restricting gun ownership.
    I am not sure "gun control" is the answer, esp. in the US. There are already thousands of laws on the books to regulate guns, yet very few are enforced. So, rather than try and force more control onto us, I feel the just the opposite would be a better alternative. Less control for law abiding citizens, after all, I believe Robert Heinlien said it best when he said "An armed society is a polite society."

  13. by   Y2KRN
    I will remember them in my thoughts and prayers, as well as their families, friends, co-workers, and patients.

  14. by   StaceRacer1
    It is very sad that this had to happen who ever did it, but things like this do happen everyday where ever you live!!

    I do have to say that I Totally agree with you on this BOB!!!

    I grew up with guns in the house and I was taught right from wrong at a young age, simply stated "THOU SHALT NOT KILL."

    Guns do not kill!! PEOPLE DO!!!

    It takes a finger to pull the trigger, a hand to stab the knife through a back, several hands to take down a plane, and just one hand to steer with to drive down someone with a car!!!