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Todd Allen Smith


The first time I was shot was in the summer of 1997. Just out of college, I was shot during a robbery attempt outside Wilmington, Delaware. In February 2008, I survived a mass shooting, when a disgruntled citizen in Kirkwood, Missouri, came into a city council meeting. That night he killed six people, injuring me and the mayor, who later died. These shootings have changed me forever.

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