AMERICA’S GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC

Khayree Reid

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Andrew Renneisen

Reid, 27, grew up in southwest Philadelphia. He has been shot a total of 10 times in three different incidents.

When I was 15, I was walking and somebody tried to rob me and I got shot in my knee. The gun was found at the scene. When we were at the hospital, I told the detectives what happened, but they said the way I left the scene made it look like I shot myself. So they charged me. I was on probation and they put me in a gun program, which I went to every day after school. I didn't like it, but they talked about gun violence, talked about different experiences, took us to the morgue. In the end, it taught me a lot.

When I was 21, one night my girlfriend asked me to get something she left in the car. I guess there was some money or something in her jacket. This was 12 at night. So I was walking to the car and this guy just jumped out with a hood on and started shooting. I ran around the car, ran down the street and got hit in the hip. I fell and my leg was twisted. When I looked up again, the guy was walking to me and I just felt my body jumping. He ran off and my girlfriend came outside and called the cops. I got shot seven times. I was in the hospital for a month.

“I was walking to the car and this guy just jumped out with a hood on and started shooting.”

Yeah, I owned a gun. I got caught up with it. But it's not the guns; it's the people who kill people.

As told to Elisabeth Garber-Paul

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