Mass shooting victim's friend starts fundraising site
HOUSTON – We began our week with a chaotic scene on Weslayan and Law.
A man opened fire, randomly, injuring 9 people, before police shot and killed him.
Two of the victims were badly wounded.
One of them was Kevin Chap.
Tonight, his friend is spearheading an effort to raise money for Chap's family.
Chap was driving to work Monday morning when he felt something. He thought it was a speed bump.
"It was a big shock to him. He thought, 'Did I hit another speed bump?' And then he felt a sensation of warmth over his body. Then he noticed blood coming from his neck and he was just in shock," Ryan Nguyen said.
Nguyen said his friend was shot in the neck.
The bullet traveled down to his rib cage and fractured a rib. It somehow missed major organs, but it hit his internal jugular vein.
He stumbled out of his car and onto the sidewalk, where he collapsed.
His family said police and firefighters saved his life.
"A couple of days ago, he had several setbacks including very low blood pressure. And he had blood in his lungs," Nguyen said.
Every minute in the hospital means growing medical bills for the husband and father of three.
Chap said he wanted to leave the hospital.
"He seemed like he was a burden to his family. And that just broke our hearts. He said he can't be here any longer. He said he has to start working again.
I said, 'Your first concern, Kevin, is for you to get better,'" Nguyen said.
Nguyen set up a GoFundMe page to help cover Chap's medical bills. It has already raised more than $60,000.
"Right now, he is suffering. He told me earlier today, from a 9 out of 10 pain in his chest area," Nguyen said.