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Broderick Hardaway

I was leaving a friend’s house around 2 a.m. on a Saturday morning. As I sat in my car in a nearby parking lot, I noticed the shadow of a masked man in my driver-side rearview mirror. I proceeded to put the car in drive, as it was already idle. The masked man attempted to open my passenger door, to no avail. He proceeded to fire two shots through my passenger window, and one struck me across the front part of my abdomen.

I drove myself to the hospital and was later flown to a high prestige trauma center in Atlanta. The officers working the case confiscated my phone and vehicle for evidence. I was treated for about two weeks, and during that process, one of the detectives told me that they were about to treat the case as a homicide because doctors didn’t think I would make it.

Once I was discharged from the hospital, things got worse before they got better. I went to pick my car up from the towing company that the officers used to have the car towed and was told that I was responsible for paying the $800 towing and storage fees.

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