Family says man allegedly shot over song improving
The victim's brother.
The scene of the shooting.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man shot while driving down the road near downtown Louisville early Sunday morning is improving.
"Thank the Lord he pulled out and he's stronger than the people who shot him thought," said the victim's brother who does not wish to give his name or his brother's name.
The shooting victim's brother flew into Louisville from San Diego, taking a break from the Marines to be by his brother's side.
"The whole flight here, I had a migraine. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't do anything besides think about while I'm in the air, is my brother already gone," the brother said.
The news came during what was supposed to be a day of celebration.
"To get a call like that on a day you're supposed to be celebrating four years of marriage, that's kind of messed up," he said.
Police said it all started at this nightclub off of Story Avenue called The View.
The 29-year-old victim happened to bump into a group that family members say had been threatening him over a song that he didn't like.
Family members say they've been bullying the victim on the internet ever since.
"We're looking at all aspects to see what led up to this shooting and find the individuals that are responsible for this act," said LMPD Spokesperson Dwight Mitchell.
Investigators said the victim drove away from the club and the group soon followed, catching up to his car.
"The man was shot several times. He did hit a parked vehicle and then hit a utility pole," Mitchell said.
While his car may be destroyed, his spirit isn't as he continues to fight for his life while undergoing another surgery Monday morning.
"We talked to the surgeons and they said it's rare that a person who loses that amount of blood and has to get 13 units can live through this kind of gunshot wound where an artery was ruptured," said community activist and family spokesperson Christopher 2X.
The victim turned the corner, with a better chance of surviving, all while the search continues for his shooters.
"My first thought was rage and anger, but me being a grown man, and a husband and a father of two, and a United States Marine, I thought more sensibly and I just want justice for my brother," the brother said.
The victim has a long road of recovery ahead, but things are looking better than they were Sunday night.
"They feel that in a few days, they are going to wean him off some of the sedatives to start hopefully getting him to respond to voice commands and they see a good long term prognosis," 2X said.
The search continues for the group police believe to be responsible for the shooting. Anyone with information may call or text police anonymously at 574-LMPD.
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