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NBC 6 Exclusive: Waitress shot at Waffle House speaks

We talk to the waitress shot at Waffle House, as well as the family of the accused shooter.

The waitress shot at the Waffle House on Financial Plaza near Pines Road is out of the
hospital and she speaks exclusively to NBC 6 Reporter Stephanie Claytor.

Judy Spann, 65, was shot in the upper left arm after serving a man an omelet at the restaurant around 3:15 p.m. Saturday.  She said the man never touched his food or his coffee. Fortunately, she escaped with only a fractured bone; the bullet went through her arm.  She said it’s the images of seeing the man pointing a gun at her that she can’t get out of her head.

“I’ve cried a couple times thinking why did you shoot me? “said Spann. “What did I do to
you?”

Spann said she has never seen the shooter before.

According to Spann, the gunman had slurred speech but she didn’t think anything of it, until
he raised a handgun at the cook and started shooting at both of them behind the counter.

"I just put my head down and ran and kept thinking lord don’t let him hit me in the back. “

She ran next door to the La Quinta Inn, where they took care of her and called 911.

“The Lord has his hands on me.  It wasn't my time to go.”

Spann said right now, she is focused on recovering and is scared to go anywhere. She’s
thankful for everyone’s prayers.

There were three Waffle House employees and two customers in the restaurant at the time.

Police arrested Alan Ray Ferguson, 56, of Shreveport, shortly after the shooting. He's
charged with attempted first degree murder. Police believe Ferguson was drunk
when he allegedly fired several shots inside the restaurant. They found a bottle of
whiskey in his back pocket.

Ferguson had been living with his mom and stepfather for the past six months, recovering
from being an alcoholic. His mother, Elizabeth Pruitt,  said her son is also bi-polar and hasn’t been taking his medication.

The couple said Ferguson has been on parole and had been doing fine until recently, when
he got frustrated with caring for his elderly mother. Ferguson’s 90-year-old stepfather
said Ferguson had become vulgar and started drinking again.  Shreveport Police said Alan Ferguson was arrested in April of 2013 for public drunkenness.

Scared for his life and his wife’s, Ferguson’s stepfather said he called Ferguson’s parole
officer in Texas recently and told him to find Ferguson another home. Ferguson’s
stepfather said Alan overheard the phone call and became even more upset.

On Saturday, they said he was "mad at life" and left in the early afternoon, cursing, with nothing but the clothes on his back. They’re not sure where he got the gun from. They did
not find out what happened until they saw it on the news.

"I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry that he shot you and I wish I could change it,” said Pruitt.  

Alan Ferguson is at the Caddo Correctional Center with a bond set at $750,000.

Here's a link to the testimony of one of the customers that was in the restaurant at the time of the shooting.



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