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Bystander Injured in Drive-By Shooting Talks About Recovery

Marcus London says he doesn’t hold grudges against the suspect charged with shooting him at a Clinton barbershop. Police say London was an innocent bystander and the bullet was meant for someone else.

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CLINTON, N.C. — 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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Renee Chou, Reporter
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