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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:41 am 
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https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/ ... gun-attack

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BARRIE – Drew Armstrong never got a lot of breaks in life.

At the age of seven, he was diagnosed with cancer and had a large tumor removed from his spine, leaving him with a permanent limp and a leg brace. He lives in a boarding house and limps the 30 minutes to his job at a Barrie-area Canadian Tire each day where he sharpens skates and assists customers. He finds time to take a mentally-disabled man who needed a friend on outings.

Life for Armstrong, now 30, was nothing fancy, but he had no complaints — until that night a car drove by and someone shot him in the face with a BB gun.

Suddenly Armstrong’s simple, modest, routine life turned into a roller coaster.

He recalls how a Honda Civic pulled over with its four-way flashers on as he walked home from work the night of Nov. 19. In the darkness, a window rolled down and one of two men inside yelled out “Hey!”

Armstrong turned to ask if they needed help when suddenly he heard the distinct, sharp, crack of an an air-powered gun as a projectile ripped through his eyeball.

Drew Armstrong took this photo of himself one week after undergoing surgery for his eye injury.

“I instantly fell to my knees. I felt blood dripping down my face and realized I had been shot,” he said in a recent Monday. Inexplicably, the two men sped away, leaving him alone, bewildered and bleeding.

Crouched in a snowbank, holding his bloody eye, he called 911. At the hospital he was pumped up with morphine to ease the unbearable pain.

“Five detectives came to speak to me, but I was out of it, I don’t remember much.”

Surgeons worked to save his eye and stitched up the torn eyeball, but he is forever blind in his right eye. The metal projectile, believed to be a BB, remains perilously lodged behind his eye. If things go badly, the risk of the damaged eye destroying his good eye could mean that it will have to be removed.

He waits in nervous angst.

“I don’t want to lose my eye. I know I will never see out of it, but I just don’t want to lose it.”

Now, many of his days are filled with intense, stabbing, pain. On his first attempt to sit down for an interview with the Toronto Sun, Armstrong was in agony, his head bowed down, tears streaming down his cheeks, so he had to cancel and go back to hospital.

“It’s a shooting pain that goes from my eye right into my head.”

Mornings, when he first opens his eyes are the worst, he says. “The light seems too bright.”

His once uncomplicated life is now burdened with trips to medical appointments. His first trip to St. Mikes in Toronto took five hours by bus with transfers.

Following one appointment at St. Mikes, he ran into a beggar who held out a tin cup and a cardboard sign with the words, “I only have one eye.”
“I told him, Well buddy, so do I.”
The cost of taking time off work added to his grief, so he pushes himself to go to work each day.

“I love my job and I don’t want to go on disability and sit around,” he says. “I only have one eye but I can still work. I can still be a contributing member of society.”

Because he works, the government victims of crime assistance program will offer no support other than gas expenses for medical trips.

Hunter Samson-Boucher is charged with aggravated assault (Tracy McLaughlin photo)


“Drew needed more help than that,” says friend, Bob Rutherford, who is the father of the disabled man Armstrong befriended. Rutherford said he and his wife Maureen Oliver, who are retired, were angry when they heard about the shooting on the news, but didn’t know the identity of the victim.

“When we learned it was Drew, who helped our son over the years and took him to movies and hockey games, we knew it was our turn to step up to the plate.”

The couple started up a GoFundMe campaign which has so far raised around $3,000.

“Drew is very grateful for the money – he’s a survivor – but he deserves so much more,” said Rutherford. “This is a catastrophic injury he must live with for the rest of his life.”

Christian Amato, 21, is charged with aggravated assault

Perhaps an even greater wound, is the risk of loss of faith in fellow human beings.

“I always liked to help people,” he said. “I guess that was my downfall … this time it backfired.”

He never wants to see the men who shot him. “But if I did, I would ask them one thing: Why?”


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:23 am 
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WOW! :( :( :(


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:55 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:09 am 
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stupid punk's hope they get whats coming... :evil: :evil: :evil:

The two men — Hunter Samson-Boucher, 19, of Angus and his friend Christian Amato, 21, of Innisfil — were arrested eight days after the crime
and charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

Police alleged the pair were on a drive-by shooting spree that day and shot at four other people. They were released on bail to their parents.

Sampson-Boucher was already on bail for uttering death threats to his mother. They are due back in court February.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:09 pm 
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stupid punk's hope they get whats coming... :evil: :evil: :evil:

The two men — Hunter Samson-Boucher, 19, of Angus and his friend Christian Amato, 21, of Innisfil — were arrested eight days after the crime
and charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.

Police alleged the pair were on a drive-by shooting spree that day and shot at four other people. They were released on bail to their parents.

Sampson-Boucher was already on bail for uttering death threats to his mother. They are due back in court February.

That is good they got them and be off the streets for a little while. Will be treated as a real gun in a crime. At least it is suppose to be treated as a real gun.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:48 pm 
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That's insane... How come these stupid kids would do things like that? What they want to prove? That's terrible!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:24 pm 
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Makes my blood absolutely boil they were let out!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:26 pm 
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I read this article yesterday. Felt compelled to help, a good guy like him needs a bit of help right now, we all know the struggle.
I was thinking we should take a collection and make a donation as a group. But figured in the end that it may seem like a slap in the face.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:56 pm 
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I donated too, good idea with the group donation, but like you say, they may take it wrong.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 9:46 pm 
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Well as a community. We can support him. I don't think it would be a bad taste.. As a airgun community. We don't condone such activity and hopefully he doesn't paint us all bad.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:30 pm 
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We had some similar things happen in Abbotsford,2 guys with a pellet pistol shooting at moving vehicles on the freeway and roadway.
They hit my door just below the side window when I was merging on the free way.
It took 6 months to a year to catch them,don't think any person got hit but almost caused a number of accidents
https://www.abbynews.com/news/trial-und ... bbotsford/


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2019 11:35 pm 
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Offering this guy money from airgunners just doesn't come off as authentic.....that gesture smacks of an apology of some sort...for being into airguns.....there's nothing you can do to make this guy feel better..You can bet he's not too happy with that idiot shooter and I doubt he's in love with airguns either.. We're a very tiny minority within society...apparently there are way over 30,000 air gun injuries per year in North America so put away your cheque books....I'm sure you don't have enough money to make this mess go away....some new regulations are coming down the pipe...you can count on it..

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:15 pm 
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Should be charged with attempted murder, and should be held without bail.

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Should be charged with attempted murder, and should be held without bail.

1st degree as it was pre-meditated. No need to prove intent to kill, they shot him in the eyeball, straight path to the brain.
Absolutely - 2 adults "release to their parents".
WTH=== is going on?

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Daryl wrote:
paddyfritz wrote:
Should be charged with attempted murder, and should be held without bail.

1st degree as it was pre-meditated. No need to prove intent to kill, they shot him in the eyeball, straight path to the brain.
Absolutely - 2 adults "release to their parents".
WTH=== is going on?

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