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Surviving victim in fatal Griffin Heights shooting graduates high school

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 8:39 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Weeks after suffering several gunshot wounds to the stomach, Nas’Zir Chandler, 18, will graduate from high school this week.

“I kept walking, and then I looked down and I just dropped on the ground,” recalled Chandler.

Chandler recalls the day he was shot four times outside of Griffin Heights. He said he was hanging out with his cousins when the gunfire began.

“My cousin noticed that I was shot,” Chandler said. “He just helped me, and he picked me up and got me in the car and got me close to the police.”

“When I got the call, I was in shock,” said Chandler’s mother, Shareka Strong.

Strong said her son wasn’t even the target of the shooting, he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

But despite his life-threatening injuries, Strong said, “He had to have another procedure done on Thursday or Friday and I just, they just weren’t sure if he would make it.”

The Godby High School senior will cross the stage on for his high school graduation on Thursday, though not in the that way he’d hoped.

“I wanted to walk like everybody else,” said Chandler.

Chandler said he’s happy to be graduating even if that means being rolled across the stage, and shared a special thanks to his family, his friends and his and doctors for a second chance.

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