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On June 16, 2021, at 1:14 a.m., I was shot in my left shoulder by an unknown male who was trying to break into my wife’s and my vehicle. The guy who shot me will never understand how much he has ruined my life. He is a very selfish individual for what he has done. He has caused me and my family emotional pain, physical pain and stress, depression and anxiety.

I just don’t know what to do anymore. Nobody understands what it does to a person when they get shot and have a traumatic, near-death experience. Never in a million years would I have thought I would ever go through it. It’s a very scary thing.

It’s caused me a lot of physical and emotional trauma. I still have the bullet lodged in my fatty tissue right near my spine; you can actually feel it on the outside of my skin. I have a fractured clavicle, making it so that I can’t lift up my arm or use it fully. I can’t even sleep well at night, due to the pain it causes.

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