A year later, a drive-by shooting survivor tells his story

on April 28, 2011

In light of the series of Richmond-related shootings in late March and early April, this video looks at the personal toll facing Kamari Ridgle—the victim of a drive-by shooting in North Richmond last year.

In late May 2010, 15-year-old Kamari Ridgle was walking on Silver Avenue in North Richmond when a car approached him from behind and fired off more than two dozen rounds. Ridgle was struck 22 times. He managed to make a call on his cellphone for help; his friends came and drove him to Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo before he was flown by helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

Two weeks earlier, on May 13, 2010, North Richmond had witnessed the deadliest single incident in the community in more than a decade. Three men were killed and a fourth wounded in a drive-by shooting just a few blocks from the other incident.

Ridgle has been recovering in hospitals for nearly a year. But next month he may finally get to go home for good. This short video looks at Ridgle’s recovery and his attempt to come to terms with the shooting.

2 Comments

  1. Jae J. B. on April 28, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Wow, Ridgle’s got a great attitude, considering he’s been hospitalized for a year. I’m so glad you followed up on this story and brought it full circle.



  2. Tamara on May 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    This young man was in our program and was making a change in his life. If you go on YouTube you will see him riding a horse for the first time and loving it. What happened to him was senseless but I am so happy to see that he is in good spirits. He has said over and over again that one day he is going to surprise everyone and walk.



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