Friends and family of Muhlenberg County man shot in head asking for prayers

Published: Oct. 27, 2016 at 9:48 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 27, 2016 at 11:53 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - One pastor that police say was shot in the head on Wednesday is fighting for his life at an Evansville hospital.

Troopers say, Pastor Michael McCool, who works for Aaron's Rent-A-Center went to Cornelius Walker's home Wednesday in Greenville to try to collect on a delinquent account.

That's when troopers say Walker shot McCool.

McCool was flown by medical helicopter to St. Mary's in Evansville, where the family says he's in critical condition.

The suspected gunman is 74-year-old Cornelius Walker. Walker was in court Thursday and is waiting to have a public defender appointed to him.

We caught up with a close friend of Michael McCool, Jack Mason, who tells us he's seen an outpouring of support and prayers for McCool.  In fact, the waiting room at the hospital where he's being treated has been packed.

"I got the news over the phone, and my reaction was total shock," Mason told us. "Actually, as soon as I heard about it I got on my knees and started praying."

Mason told 14 News he drove straight to St. Mary Medical Center as soon as he got word his best friend had been shot in the head Wednesday while working at his job as a manager, Mason says, at a rental store.

But it's McCool's other job that brought the two together.  They met at church four years ago. McCool is now also working as a pastor in Madisonville. Mason says, because of McCool, he rediscovered his faith.

"He went from being a friend to a mentor, to someone I do consider my best friend," said Mason. "Somebody I lean on with my life problems, whatever issue comes up, I know that he's only a phone call or message or text away."

Mason said McCool has made a big difference in many other people's lives too.

"There are people sitting at the hospital that are just in the waiting room praying for him," said Mason. "Last night the waiting room was full, plus outside of the waiting room."

The family is asking for prayers for McCool's recovery.

They've started a GoFundMe page, as McCool's wife is not working to care for her husband. You can check out that page by clicking here.

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