Two men, including an off duty McKinney firefighter, were stabbed at Collin County Wal-Mart on Wednesday.
The suspect in the stabbing, which occurred at the Wal-Mart along U.S. Highway 380 in Princeton, has been identified as Wal-Mart employee Nicolas Francisco Martinez.
According to the police, Martinez slit the throat of McKinney Fire Department Battalion Chief George Cook and wounded another person at the department store. The other victim has been identified as Fredrick Oswald, who works as an independent contractor for Wal-Mart.
The victims were transported to the Medical Center of Plano by helicopter. Their conditions are expected to be stable. Cook underwent surgery overnight.
“Today’s events are deeply troubling. Our thoughts are with everyone who was a part of this terrible situation,” a spokesperson for Wal-Mart said in a statement, as reported by FOX 4 News. “We are thankful to the first responders for their quick action, and we are continuing to work closely with the police. The associate who did this was arrested and his employment at our store was immediately terminated.”
The cause of the stabbing or what prompted Martinez to injure the victims has not been made clear.
“After further investigation, the Princeton Police Department is confident that the victims were not targeted for any reason other than being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” the department shared on its Facebook page.
“Without releasing further important information regarding the case; investigators are confident race, religion, or occupation were not factors that led the alleged suspect to cause harm to the victims. We will try to keep the community informed as much as possible. Thank you very much for all your support.”
As a result of the incident, Martinez has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of public intoxication, Star Local Media reports. According to jail records, he also faces charges of failure to display an ID and failure to report a change of address. He is currently being held at the Collin County jail on a $220,000 bail.