Woman who saw accused Beeline shooter James Walker talks to ABC15

Posted at 8:58 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-22 13:09:48-04

She came face to face with the accused Beeline Highway shooter and is now talking about what happened nearly one year ago.

"He barely got out of his car with his lights towards us and said, 'I need f------ help!'"

Paige, who spoke to ABC15 on the condition her last name not be used to protect her privacy, said she was with a friend when they were just feet away from the accused Beeline Highway shooter last May.  

"A man got out," she recounted. "You could see the door open and a shadow of a person stand up. He was saying, 'Help me! Help me! Someone was shooting at me as I drove up the road. Come here and help me!'" 

But Paige and her friend didn't help. Sure, maybe it wasn't what a good Samaritan would have done, but if they would have acted a little more neighborly they would have come face to face with the suspect, James David Walker. DPS says Walker was driving the wrong way on State Route 87, shooting at innocent bystanders and law enforcement.

But Paige didn't know that at the time. All she knew was that there was a man, claiming he had been shot.  

"I just knew not to trust [what he said]," she explained.  

And thankfully, she didn't. A split second decision, possibly saving her life. Paige and her friend refused to approach Walker's car. Instead, they called 911 and told Walker police would be on their way. After that, Walker sped off. 

"I think that's what pretty much saved us." 

Inside Walker's vehicle, DPS says they found multiple rifles, ammunition and body armor. Two people were injured in the shooting and seven vehicles were hit by gunfire.

Walker entered a plea of not guilty, and according to online records is scheduled to go to trial for forty counts, including 11 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, in May.