Westy's shooting victim's health deteriorates 1 year later - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Westy's shooting victim's health deteriorates 1 year later

Josh Walton (Source: Family) Josh Walton (Source: Family)
Al Sakan (Source: Family) Al Sakan (Source: Family)
A man shot two people on the patio of Westy's before shooting a Bass Pro employee, stealing a car, and running over a Memphis police officer. (Source: WMC Action News 5) A man shot two people on the patio of Westy's before shooting a Bass Pro employee, stealing a car, and running over a Memphis police officer. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Westy’s owner Jake Schorr said it feels like yesterday that two of his regular customers were shot on his restaurant’s patio. It has been a full year since that shooting happened, but the impact of it still shakes the Memphis community. 

One of the men who was shot, Al Sakan, has been home from the hospital for months recovering. However, Josh Walton's family and friends say he has taken a turn for the worse. 

“What human being deserves that?” Schorr said. “There is no logic.”

Investigators said Justin Welch shot two people at Westy’s on North Main Street on June 4, 2016. He then shot an employee in the Bass Pro parking lot, stole a car, and ran over MPD Officer Verdell Smith

“We can't help it, it's imprinted in our lives forever,” said Schorr, who continues to pray for Josh Walton. 

Schorr said even a year later, it's been hard dealing with the tragedy that happened at his restaurant. He said many of his employees are even going through counseling. 

“The employees here, that's why we talk about it and we deal with it and I support them,” he said.

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