OKLAHOMA CITY — It was just over two months ago, downtown Thunder fans were celebrating a 16-point playoff victory over the Lakers.
Suddenly, police radios erupted with reports of gunshots in Bricktown, eight victims.
Twenty-two year old Norman Richards, the father of a 3 year old, was critically wounded.
He said he had a feeling earlier in the day that something just wasn’t right.
Little did he know, before night’s end he would be in intensive care where he would stay for three weeks.
In his first television interview since that night, Richards talked with Linda Cavanaugh about the shooting.
“Everybody asks, ‘Did it hurt?,’” he said. “You know, it wasn’t the pain feeling. It was just the shock and what was going through my head. Just like, ‘Okay, I can’t believe this is happening.’ And my friend was like, ‘Hey man, get out the street.’ I said ‘I’m shot.’ And he tried to help me up and I don’t remember anything after that.”
The crowd panicked and began running, except for the two people who stopped to give him CPR.
“They could have been scared and kept running,” Richardson said. “But something told them to stay back and make sure everybody was OK. Because if it wasn’t for them, I probably wouldn’t be here.”
Linda: “You’re thankful to be alive.”
Norman: “I’m thankful every day to be here.”
The alleged gunman in the random shootings is 16-year-old Avery Myers.
Norman said he never felt anger toward the teenager.
“I was just more happy about being here than angry. Because it could definitely be a different way. I could have rolled in here in a wheelchair, especially where I got hit. I got shot directly in the middle of my back,” he said.
Norman pulled up his shirt to show a quarter-size scar where the bullet entered over his spine.
The single .22 bullet bounced around inside his rib cage.
He lost a kidney, part of his liver, stomach, small intestine and pancreas.
The bullet nicked his heart.
“You just never hear about a bullet going through somebody like that. I haven’t. I don’t know too many people who got shot and survive. It was pretty crazy.”
Norman and his family are planning a blood drive as a sign of their gratitude for the support he’s received.
“Just to say thank you. If it wasn’t for the support of everybody, I probably wouldn’t be here. But I’m doing fine. Not 100 percent but pretty close.”