July 1st 2017
I was driving home after helping my brother Danny move into his new apartment. I was feeling peaceful and reminicing the beautiful day with no music on. I reached the exit of the freeway and noticed a loud engine Black Mustang with a Hispanic driver behind me as I stopped at the exit traffic light. When the light turned green, I continued on my way turning left being less than 5 minutes away from my home. After passing 2 busy intersections the Black Mustang zoomed to my right into the right lane of the two lane street and shot a total of 10 - 9mm rounds into my vehicle. With an angel on my shoulder I was only hit 3 times. One went through my right arm and broke my humerous bone, another bullet or bullet fragment entered my right hand and is currently still inside, and the last grazed my right shin. I have no idea who the guy was or the reason behind the attack. The attack took place in broad daylight around 5:15pm. I was rushed to the hospital and was released in less than 24 hours. I was given pain pills and enough antibiotics for 2 days and was asked to follow up with my primary doctor that coming thursday (in 4 days) if I "noticed any issues" with my injuries. I left feeling unclear about what might happen. I returned to the hospital that Friday after my hand started to turn bright red to learn I had developed an infection in my hand. This is where the bullet remains and was told by another doctor that evening that I should have been treated better and not released so early. I have an appointment with an othepedic surgeon on July 19th to decide whether or not it is safe to remove the bullet or leave it in for life or any amount of time. I am looking into finding a psychologist to talk to and so far unsuccessful. The funds that I recieve will go to bills to care for my arm and hand so I can get back into shape to continue my music dream and be able to hold a job. I also lost my brand new ford focus as a total loss in this incident and have no way but to rely on others for transportation even though I'm unable to drive in my current state. My family is the only reason I'm able to feel safe in all this. My Mom has been running me everywhere she can to keep me in a good place. And last but not least my friends help me feel normal still. Rest assured I am happy to just be alive and breathing. My music dream as I mentioned earlier is to be a touring self-sufficient musician, an established songwriter, and a good person for the world. You can find my debut album at TheseWhitePigeons.com and it is available for purchase along with some shirt designs if you'd like to support that. But in the end I just want to be able to play guitar and be on stage again. This event has changed my life and if you have the time and money to dedicate, I humbly ask for your help now.
Thank you for reading and God Bless.
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