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OKLAHOMA CITY – A man is fighting for his life after being shot in the chest at close range with a $ 100 cell phone.
Joshua Wright went to the Brookwood Apartments to sell his iPhone 6 to someone he met on the LetGo app. His mother, fiancÃ© and stepson accompanied him. When the teenage shopper was happy with how the phone worked, Wright’s mother, Sheila Freeman, said he put the phone in his pocket and pulled out a gun.
“That’s when he said, ‘Sorry, I have to do this. âFreeman said his son had begged him not to shoot.â He said, âPlease, please, not in front of my mom and my son,â and when he did that he shot him, “Freeman said.
The suspect fled as nearby neighbors rushed to help Josh, bleeding on the sidewalk. Freeman said the bullet missed his heart by a few inches.
âI kept saying, ‘Keep breathing, baby, come on, take a deep breath,’â Freeman said. “That’s what I kept telling him, and I kept holding that sweater over there.”
Freeman said the bullet missed his heart by a few inches, but tore the inside of him. Twelve surgeries later, Wright is still in the hospital.
âIt’s going to change his life,â Freeman said. “It already has been.”
The teenager was found a week later and arrested by the Oklahoma City Gang Enforcement Unit. The 17-year-old already has an increasing criminal record. Freeman said she wanted to see him tried as an adult.
“He’s just going to keep hurting people if he’s on the streets,” she said.
The charges against him now include assault and battery with a deadly weapon,
Wright’s family opened a GoFundMe account to help her fiance and their three children pay the bills while he was hospitalized.
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