Minneapolis Mayor Melvin Carter echoed the sentiments of many when he said Sunday afternoon:
"We have so many lives that have been impacted, that have been lost, that have been changed forever because someone pulled the trigger or had access to a gun who really shouldn't have."
This was after a shooting early Sunday at a St. Paul MN bar left 14 wounded and 1 dead. Witnesses reported the victims' wounds were "horrific" and most will require extended care. Taken in the carnage was Marquisha Wiley - a 27-year-old veterinary technician from St. Paul.
Barely a week earlier, in Colorado, another 27 year old woman was the victim of a bullet fired from the other side of her apartment wall. Now she lies in a medically induced coma fighting for her life.
Sally Rose Strelecki, age 27 of Centennial, was simply preparing food for her pet pooch Niyah last Saturday around 11:30 a.m. when a bullet ripped through the back of her head - fired from the other side of her apartment wall from a neighbor's unit. She is currently in critical condition, on a ventilator and in an induced coma at Littleton Seventh Day Adventist Hospital. according to her mother, Amy Graham.
Sally had graduated from CU Boulder and was in the process of looking for a medical career when this horrific event occurred, triggered by a moron neighbor who fired his weapon at his girlfriend in a fit of rage. Mickel McLean, 26, has since been arrested as a suspect in the shooting, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. McLean was booked into the Arapahoe County jail for investigation of first-, second- and third-degree assault, illegal discharge of a firearm, felony menacing, and reckless endangerment.
McLean told investigators that he and his girlfriend were arguing over use of the bathroom when they struck each other several times. He then started packing his belongings. They continued arguing, and McLean grabbed a 9mm handgun. He struck his girlfriend in the left knee, and the gun went off, the affidavit said.
But this is the aftermath of a near fatal shooting for too many victims in this country. Major uncovered costs. Such costs include inpatient care, follow-up surgeries and other treatments, mental healthcare, rehabilitation and skilled-nursing care, durable medical equipment, personal care, and living costs while the patients are not able to work.