HOUSTON – Anthony Perez, who speaks to KPRC 2 from his hospital bed, is still in pain and recovering from being shot almost three weeks ago, and said he was now paralyzed from the waist down.
He said he was an innocent bystander who was caught in the crossfire while driving past a Northborough supermarket.
“It’s not safe out there and I’m living proof of it. I shouldn’t have been hit by a stray bullet, I shouldn’t have been hit by a bullet period, ”said Perez.
The suspect who shot him remains on the run while Perez remains in the hospital.
“I think crime is out of control,” said Perez.
On Thursday, several members of the Houston Police Department, community leaders and local residents gathered for a community meeting in Third Ward to discuss the rise in violent crime across the area.
“We just can’t sit here and let ourselves be overtaken. We definitely need to be proactive, ”said Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, councilor for District D.
“Talk about the basic violent crime that is going on in the community and what we can do together to reduce violent crime because we have to work together,” said Commander Caroleta Johnson of HPD South Central Patrol.
The meeting not only provides an opportunity to get to know each other better, but also provides information on what residents can do to better protect themselves, such as always keeping an eye on criminal activity and reporting it.
“It shows how much HPD is involved in the opportunity to connect with residents,” said Nakia Franklin, who attended the meeting.
“People are concerned. People want to see a change and they want to be part of the change, ”said Felicia Drake, the owner of Grooves where the event took place.
For Perez, he said he hoped the police catch the person responsible for the shooting while he was recovering in the hospital with medical bills rising. Perez has since set up a GoFundMe page for help with medical expenses.
“I hope they get caught and I hope I get my day in court. I think crime is out of control, ”said Perez.
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