May 23, 2019

Positivity: Man Shot with 18 Bullets Leaves Hospital After Only 2 Days: ‘I got kids, I can’t die’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New Orleans, Louisiana (HT Liftable):

Published: 10:45 PM EDT May 10, 2019
Updated: 4:16 AM EDT May 11, 2019

Smith was shot three times in the head, once in the face, multiple times in the chest and both arms, but the bullets didn’t strike any major organs.

Smith was shot three times in the head, once in the face, multiple times in the chest and both arms, but the bullets didn’t strike any major organs.

Before Smith could react, he felt himself being blasted by an avalanche of bullets.

“When I looked up, I just saw somebody standing out there with a gun,” he said. “It’s like he was shooting to kill, basically. And I’ve never seen this guy in my life.”

Police say the shooter was 25-year-old Kwane Brown, who was making one last random stop during a three-state crime spree after shooting a woman in Georgia, robbing a gas station in Alabama, then parking in the French Quarter with a Glock 9mm.

The gun’s extended magazine held 18 bullets. And every single one hit Smith.

He was confused, bleeding, but completely aware of what he was going through.

“I knew I was shot a lot of times. I just was wondering, Why? Like, why?” he asked. “It was blood everywhere.”

Smith’s survival instincts kicked in: Get away. Get away now.

“That’s the first initial thing I thought about, just driving off. Just getting away,” he said.

His adrenaline spiking, Smith, 34, drove from his parking spot in the 100 block of Decatur looking for help. He turned onto Canal, then back into the French Quarter, until he hit Dauphine Street, a full eight blocks from the shooting scene. There, he saw a group of hotel workers and he calmly got out of his car to ask for help.

“I ran in there and I was like, Can y’all help me? I’ve just been shot. Everybody was running around going crazy. I was just standing around, like, oh man, I’m messing up these people’s hotel.”

“I had blood all over their floor and stuff,” he recalled.

As Smith waited for an ambulance, his thoughts turned to his fiancée and two children, a 14-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son.

“I can’t die. That’s the only thing. I can’t die. I got kids. I can’t die.” …

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