Lubbock physician mourns loss of brother in El Paso shooting

Lubbock physician mourns loss of brother in El Paso shooting

LUBBOCK, Texas -

 

A Texas Tech physician never thought she'd be affected by a mass shooting, until a phone call one Saturday afternoon. Dr. Jennifer Mitchell's brother, David Johnson, was killed in the El Paso Walmart. Johnson was in the checkout line when the killer stormed the store.

"He pushed his wife and his granddaughter underneath the register and covered over them and he was shot in the torso. My sister-in-law played dead and thank god the little one did too," Dr. Mitchell described. "She didn't have her cell phone on her so she grabbed his cell phone out of his shirt pocket, but she could tell there was no saving him."

It came as no surprise to Dr. Mitchell that her brother's natural instinct was to save his wife and nine-year-old granddaughter, before himself.

"People are calling him a hero and sounds as a hero but he was already a hero to his family and it's just a shame that the nation now has to know it as well," she said.

Following the devastating loss, Mitchell is now a member of a growing group she never thought she'd be a part of. That's why she has called the nation to think about what's happening.

"I need to be the voice of David's legacy, but we also need to understand that we have to stop these mass murders and we really have to get assault weapons out of the hands of the common people," Mitchell stressed.

22 victims and their families, loved one and a city stand together, "In El Paso we're strong people, we love each other, we come together, we're family and in good times or in bad times, familia," she said. "It's really important for us to understand that we don't need any further divisive rhetoric. We all need to come together and really work to bring this nation back together."

David Johnson lived in the house he grew up in. It is one mile away from Cielo Vista mall. The "view of the sky" stands on a hill overlooking the border. According to Mitchell, she believes her healing will begin when she goes to El Paso for her brother's memorial.

"Right now there have been plenty of tears intermittently, but seeing everybody and I know there will be a big outpouring of people who will attend. And just knowing the love that he had, knowing he was loved at the time that he died is really important," she said.

Mitchell said she will remember her brother as giving, loyal and a family man.

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