Survivor in deadly NYC shooting may never walk again, family says
An innocent bystander has survived a deadly, broad-daylight drive-by shooting in Brooklyn — but may never walk again.
Sam Metcalfe, 33, is feared permanently paralyzed after a bullet struck his spine Wednesday as he walked with his new wife near their apartment, just south of Prospect Park, according to a GoFundMe set up for his medical expenses.
Metcalfe’s wife had wanted to go the store for toothpaste — and he’d insisted on joining her because it was raining, and he wanted to hold their one broken umbrella to help keep her dry, his sister-in-law, Krysta Zagorski, explained in the fundraiser.
“She told him he didn’t need to come,” Zagorski wrote.
“But he wanted to hold the umbrella for her because it was raining and the umbrella was broken.
“While crossing an intersection [at Ocean and Woodruff avenues] less than five minutes from their building, shots rang out and Sam was hit,” Zagorski wrote.
“The intended victim (not Sam) was also shot multiple times and died as a result,” she wrote of victim Malcolm Amende, 18.
Metcalfe remains hospitalized at Kings County Hospital, Zagorski wrote.
“Almost immediately, Sam couldn’t feel his legs. We now know that the bullet hit his kidney and stopped when it hit his spine,” Zagorski’s post read.
“They removed his kidney but his condition is too fragile to attempt to remove the bullet just yet. Doctors are still trying to stop the bleeding and Sam will likely never walk again.”
Within one day, Zagorski had exceeded the fundraising target of $40,000.
“THANK YOU,” she wrote. “I cannot tell you how much your support means. It’s a testament to how loved Sam and Sabrina are and how truly incredible people can be.”
Amede, who lives less than a mile away from the shooting, was shot in the chest and the arms and died at the hospital.
Amede is believed to be affiliated with the Crips gang and the shooting was being investigated as gang-motivated, law enforcement sources said.
Police released shocking surveillance footage Friday showing the unidentified gunman firing off roughly six rounds from the driver’s seat of a gray BMW SUV just before 3:30 p.m.
Footage obtained by The Post filmed in the moments after the shooting shows bystanders rushing to console Amede and Metcalfe.
One man could be seen holding on to Metcalfe’s hand, urging him to fight to stay conscious.
“Keep your eyes open. Keep your eyes open,” he said.
The shooting was the second in less than a week in the area. On Sunday, 46-year-old Paul Pinkney was fatally shot while lighting a candle at a gun violence memorial on Ocean Avenue — less than a block away, police said.
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