Misty McBride, a police officer with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART), is the mother of a 10-year-old girl who told the news media “I am just glad she is alive,” according to The UK Independent.
Misty McBride’s wounds were not fatal.
McBride, 32, is one of the 12 Dallas police officers who were shot Thursday night during a Black Lives Matter protest. The shooter has been identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, an Army veteran who told police he wanted to kill white people because he was angry about recent police shootings, the Dallas police chief said.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Fellow Officers Pulled McBride to Safety After she Was Shot
McBride’s father, Richard, said his daughter crawled back towards her car after she was shot, The Independent said. “The other officers got her and put her in the car and brought her over here [to the hospital],” he said. CBS8 said “another officer picked her up and drove her to the hospital, where her family soon joined her.”
McBride has been a transit cop for over six years with the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system, according to her LinkedIn page. She was one of four injured DART officers; one of them, Brent Thompson, died. McBride was hired in March 2010. She graduated from Dallas Baptist University.
2. The Shooting Broke McBride’s Shoulder
McBride’s father told The Independent that she was shot in the arm and “it broke her shoulder, and she was shot in the abdomen and it went in one side and just out the other side.”
He said she was “fine now” because she was given medicine and able to sleep. Before becoming a transit officer, McBride worked in the jail.
McBride was a jailer in the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department from April 2008 through March 2010, her LinkedIn page says.
3. McBride’s Young Daughter Was Able To Tell Her Mother She Loved Her
“I am just happy that she was OK, that she can live on until tomorrow,” Hunter McBride said, according to The Independent. Misty’s father took the little girl to visit her at Baylor Hospital, where she was recovering from two gunshot wounds.
Misty’s cousin, Kimberly White, has established a GoFundMe site to help McBride with medical expenses. “Misty was shot twice while protecting the Dallas citizens during a peaceful protest,” she wrote.
4. Her Wounds Required Surgery & She Was Also Shot in the Abdomen
Her father, Richard McBride, told Texas television that his daughter was in surgery recovering from non-fatal wounds to the abdomen and arm. “She’s just waiting to go into surgery but there’s a lot of people a lot worse off than her,” said Richard McBride, according to CBS Dallas.
McBride is from Rowlett, Texas, The Rowlett Lakeshore Times said. One of her friends wrote on Facebook, “Please pray for one of my Friends, Who I just found out was shot. Misty McBride. I am so heartbroken. I just talked to her mom and she is stable.”
Another friend wrote on Facebook: “Her dad said she should have a full recovery. Broke my heart when Hunter, her daughter, said she told her mom she loved her and was glad she could see her tomorrow. Misty is a great young lady.”
5. The Shooter Was Specifically Targeting White Officers Because He was Angry About Prior Police Shootings
The New York Post reported the chief said the officers were ambushed at the Black Lives Matter protest.
The march was organized to protest the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, who died in Minnesota and Louisiana. According to Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown, the shooter, Johnson was angry about these shootings. Although police originally rounded up three other people, they now say that Johnson was likely a lone gunman, according to CNN.
Castile was shot by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, the aftermath of which was captured on Facebook Live. Sterling was killed by an officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.