A Shooting - And a Tragic Example of What a .22 Can Do.
A young man I can't say I know well, but worked for a short period at a local restaurant I frequent on the route of my exercise walk, IS known by quite a few friends/acquaintances of mine. So I felt a connection after. This also happened after he left work and was nearby - a reasonable safe area, petty crime at most. I was in the restaurant that night. And later saw many police cars down one street a ways, but I didn't know why at the time.
The young guy walked about two blocks from the restaurant down a side-street with his girlfriend about 10:30 pm after work. Apparently someone came up behind him and said something like "Give me everything you've got". The young man, (25 years old), turned and was immediately shot. It was a .22, and entered high in his chest, somehow careened down through his lung and then further down into his lower spine.
This was a week and a half ago.
The young man is currently paralyzed from the waist down. Someone said he could still move some toes on one foot - I don't know if that is true or if so what it may mean for the future, but he is not doing well now.
The perp has not been caught.
I felt both frightened and angry after - a little .22 bullet in one second from someone who couldn't even wait to get the spoils of his robbery but decides to try and kill him, suddenly takes this person's whole life and turns it upside down - in but a heartbeat. His whole life ahead, and now............
I'm not even sure if having a gun would have gotten him out of this one.(He didn't have a gun). Before the words could have time to even register it seems, he was down. Least that was what others told me.
Who knows, that's not the way it happened.
I'd be lying if I said I just posted this about ballistics and .22s. I've been upset since I heard of this - though I don't know the victim well. Wanted to get it off my chest as well I guess........ what a needless waste for someone to cause!