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Arlington man shot on East Loop 820 recovering at JPS

Gary, shown here at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth, was shot on East Loop 820 Friday by a man in a white Chevy Tahoe. The Star-Telegram agreed to not give his last name because the family fears retaliation.
Gary, shown here at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth, was shot on East Loop 820 Friday by a man in a white Chevy Tahoe. The Star-Telegram agreed to not give his last name because the family fears retaliation. Family photo

An Arlington man has a bullet lodged in his spine but is expected to walk again after being shot Friday while driving on an east Fort Worth freeway, a relative said Monday.

The shooting occurred in 5400 block of East Loop 820 shortly after 6 p.m. Friday. Someone in a white Chevy Tahoe fired several shots at him, Fort Worth police said.

“Gary didn’t do anything to the driver,” said the wounded man’s sister-in-law, Amanda Gordon. “Once he got out of surgery all he could say is, ‘I don’t know why this happened to me.’ He doesn’t know who the attacker was. He was alone.”

The Star-Telegram agreed to identify the wounded man by just his first name, Gary, because his family fears retaliation by the gunman, Gordon said.

No one had been arrested by late Monday.

Gordon said Gary and her sister, his finance, were driving in separate vehicles when her sister saw Gary’s pickup and the suspect’s vehicle veer sharply off the highway. The sport utility vehicle took off in the direction of Fort Worth, but Gary pulled over.

“She went over and he fell out of his truck, and said, ‘Call 911,’ ” Gordon was told. “He had blood coming out of his mouth.”

Gary “might have” swerved to avoid another driver and cut off the SUV driver, Gordon said.

The man shot at Gary 4 or 5 times, she said.

Gary is recuperating at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, she said.

“Doctors are probably going to leave the bullet in his spine,” Gordon said. “With some physical therapy he will be able to walk again.”

Fort Worth police had no updates on the case Monday night, a spokeswoman said.

This contains information from Star-Telegram archives.

Monica S. Nagy, 817-390-7792

Twitter:@MonicaNagyFWST

How to help

If you have information about a white SUV driver who fired shots at a passing vehicle on East Loop 820 about 6 p.m. Friday, call Fort Worth police at 817- 392-6700.

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