A bullet that struck a 25-year-old man during Sunday’s mass shooting in St. Paul remained stuck in his hand.
And he never stopped feeling overwhelmed by the gunfight at a bar on Seventh Street in Truck Park.
“It’s hard to fall asleep, you just think about how close you were to death,” said the man, who asked not to be named. “I say ‘Lucky’ and ‘Crazy’ all the time, but there is not a single word that describes it.”
He also can’t stop thinking about Markish Vili, a 27-year-old girl who was killed in a shooting that left him and 13 others injured. “I saw her? How close was she to me? he wonders about a woman he didn’t know.
On Monday, the Ramsey County attorney’s office charged two men with murder and attempted murder, including a 25-year-old.
Terry Lorenzo Brown, Jr., 33, of St. Paul told police that as he entered the West Seventh Street bar, which is near Xcel Energy Center, he saw Devondre Trevon Phillips, 29, from Las Vegas.
Phillips and Brown were in dispute over domestic violence allegations between Brown and his girlfriend, who is a relative of Phillips, according to criminal complaints. Video surveillance showed Phillips shot Brown, who returned fire, the complaints said.
On Monday, the police chief said there were more than 200 people in the bar, besides Phillips, Brown and another person who had been shot, the rest of the wounded and Wylie were innocent bystanders. They were between the ages of 21 and 36 and were treated primarily for gunshot wounds to the legs and arms.
SHOTS THEN BLEEDING
The 25-year-old and his friends arrived at the bar around 11:30 pm on Saturday and stood at the front door. When he heard gunshots behind him at about 12:15 pm, he and everyone fell to the ground.
He felt his face get hot and thought he had been shot in the face, but he thinks it was shrapnel. Then he noticed that his hand was bleeding profusely. The shooting continued, people shouted.
He saw that one gunman was captured, but did not know if the shooting was over. “I was afraid we might be shot while we were still on the ground,” he said.
A friend who is an emergency doctor immediately put pressure on his wound, and a woman the 25-year-old did not know also helped. “My friend was very calm,” he said. “He knew what to do.”
Pain and insomnia
When the police arrived, the officer put a tourniquet on his arm and paramedics put him in an ambulance along with another wounded man.
They took them to the regional hospital, where he worried if everything was okay with his friends. He later learned that the brother of one of his friends had been taken to the United Hospital with a gunshot wound to the ankle.
A 25-year-old boy was shot in an artery in the wrist. Doctors have left the bullet in his hand so far – he does not know if it will be removed later.
After being discharged from the hospital at about 6 am on Sunday morning, he went home and tried to sleep. It was difficult then and continues to this day. He is in pain, but moreover, he cannot understand what happened.
He took a leave of absence from work. He talked a little about Sundays with a couple of friends who were also at the bar. Talking about this with other people is difficult. He asks the question: How do you express the feeling that you barely escaped with your life?