Woman shot in face at NorthPark recovering from injuries

11:27 AM CDT on Monday, May 19, 2008
By MARISSA ALANIS / The Dallas Morning News

A woman shot in the face at NorthPark Center while waiting to pick up her daughter remained in fair condition Monday at Baylor University Medical Center.


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Dallas police said the 43-year-old mother, Mary Boyd, was shot about 9 p.m. Friday outside the shopping center, where she had been waiting to pick up her 16-year-old daughter Anna from a movie.

Ms. Boyd, who lives in Waxahachie, was waiting in her Ford F-250 truck in the North Dallas shopping mall's parking lot when a gunman approached her outside Nordstrom department store.

"She put her car in drive and gunned it away from him and he shot her," said Christina Adcock, a family friend. "She knew she needed to get around other people, and so she drove her car toward people, where the valet was, and asked the valet to call 911."

The man initially chased her truck before fleeing, police said. No arrests have been made. Police said the motive for the shooting is unknown.

Ms. Boyd "has said she just didn't know why he shot her and [he] didn't give her any real chance," Ms. Adcock said. "He just pulled out the gun."

On Sunday, hospital and school officials made arrangements for Ms. Boyd to watch a live feed of her son's high school graduation.

Unable to leave her hospital room, Ms. Boyd watched on the Internet as her 18-year-old son Donald received his diploma from Dallas Christian School in Mesquite.

"It's an emotional time with Donald graduating from high school and Mary having to miss that," Ms. Adcock said.

NorthPark officials released a statement about the shooting Saturday.

"The management of NorthPark Center takes the safety and well being of each of our patrons very seriously, and has always undertaken to provide the highest level of security," the statement reads. "We will continue to do so."

Ms. Boyd is expected to undergo facial reconstructive surgery, Ms. Adcock said.

Barbara Smith, a friend of Ms. Boyd, described her as a generous person.

"She is the sweetest, most wonderful give-you-the-shirt-off-your-back person that you'll ever meet," Ms. Smith said. "I'm sure if the guy needed $20 and just walked up and said, 'I need some money' that she would've given him the cash."

Rewards totaling $35,000 are being offered by NorthPark Management Co. and Schepps Dairy for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the man who shot Ms. Boyd.

Anyone with information can call CrimeStoppers at 214-760-8477