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Bystander Injured in Drive-By Shooting Talks About Recovery

Posted April 20, 2008
Updated April 21, 2008

— Marcus London will always remember Feb. 16, 2008. That was the day he was shot at the Clinton barbershop where he worked.

After weeks in the hospital, the 24-year-old is finally back at home.

“It's just the prayer of the community and everybody praying with me and for Marcus. I know that's why my son is here today,” mother Virginia Blue said.

London was at the More Cut Barbershop when someone in a passing car fired shots.

“I didn't feel the shot or the bullet hitting me. I just remember hitting the ground,” London said.

The bullet pierced his skull.

“I would pray so many nights in that room along with my son, talking to God to please spare his life,” Blue said.

After a serious infection, surgery and weeks of rehabilitation, London is slowly recovering from his injury. He had to learn to walk again and has trouble with his arm.

The bullet is still in his head. Doctors said it was too dangerous to remove.

“Everybody is amazed that he is able, (that) he has full senses, (that) he remembers everything,” Blue said.

Clinton police said London was an innocent bystander that day.

Police arrested Michael Lee Wright Jr., 20, of 22 Mint Hill Lane in Clinton, on charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied property, possession of a firearm by felon, attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Wright was shooting at another man, outside the barbershop, police said.

Police also arrested two other passengers in the car and a female driver.

“I won't hold no grudges against them,” London said.

London also didn't hold back his feelings for girlfriend Shaketa Thompson when talking with WRAL. While in the hospital, he asked her to marry him.

“Going through what I've gone through, went through, makes you realize what you got,”  London said.

“I want the public to know that miracles still happen. I never thought I'd receive a miracle, but I know my son is a miracle,” Blue said.

London said he hopes to be back at the barbershop in a few months.


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  • VT1994Hokie Apr 21, 2008

    Marcus is a great young man. He is indeed lucky to be alive. I enjoyed hearing what his mother stated to the reporters too. Great lady. I am so happy that they caught the shooter.

    God bless Marcus and his family. They have great faith!!!

  • islandgirl Apr 21, 2008

    Praying for your full recovery, and God bless you and your family, and good luck with your future wife.......God Bless

  • ahh-fooie.... Apr 21, 2008

    If he can forgive like that...He's a better man than me!

  • doodad Apr 21, 2008

    He has counted his blessings and holding a grudge will only interfere with his future. Good attitude Marcus. God bless you and I wish you all the best.

  • Scubagirl Apr 21, 2008

    commendable attitude, don't know if I could do it.

  • Tom Morrow Apr 21, 2008

    I think that his near-death experience probably helped him "forgive and forget". What I mean to say is that he probably had a sharp realization of how precious and short life is and decided to focus on that rather than what someone else did to him.

    Either that, or he's lying and hates the shooter(s) with every bone in his body but cannot say that to the journalists who did the story otherwise he looks like he's being vindictive.

  • Tom Morrow Apr 21, 2008

    Drive-bys in Sampson County??? WTH??

  • 2alegal Apr 21, 2008

    I just wonder if the girlfriend said yes or no to the question being asked.

  • 215born910raised Apr 21, 2008

    Thing is if he retaliated by shooting him, you would lable him as just "another thug"

  • 215born910raised Apr 21, 2008

    No hard feelings? I guess its part of the "game". This is a major problem in society.

    So is boxing up hatred and holding on to it for the rest of your life. Looks like he's trying to move on with his life and you think he has a problem. Wrong. More power to him if he is able to make peace within himself and forgive the fool that shot him. Most of us can not and are unwilling to.