April 24, 2015
Jamell Blue was shot three times during a robbery attempt in south Chicago during his freshman year of high school in 2006. He was walking home from school when he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The senior southpaw pitcher for Texas Southern University said that bullets pierced his jaw, right hand and forearm while one bullet came to rest centimeters from his spine.
Surgery was performed on his jaw and hand.
But the bullet near his spine could not be operated on for fear of paralyzing him. He will carry this bullet with him the rest of his life. Jamell ultimately made a full recovery.
The streets of Chicago feature some of the highest crime rates in the nation. According to 2014 Chicago crime and murder stats, there were 388 people shot and killed, 2,231 shot and wounded, 2,619 shot and 456 homicides. Chicago can be a tough place to live especially in south Chicago where Jamell grew up.
“I was shot three times by a robber — once in the jaw, once in the hand and once in the back coming home from school,” said Blue.
“I was just walking home, and another guy was walking by me in a dead end area which was dark. It was only me and the other guy who then tried to rob me. I didn’t have anything to give him. But I had already seen his face, and he then shot me three times.
“It was the first time I had ever been shot. After I was shot, I got up and ran to the nearest house for help. Those people then called an ambulance which took me to a hospital.”
Blue said surgery was performed to extract the bullet and damage to his jaw as well as his right hand.
“The bullet in my back was too close to my spine. So they never operated on it for fear I might be paralyzed. One bullet went through the side of my right hand and landed on the inside of my forearm.”
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