Family: Uptown shooting left young father paralyzed

A fundraiser has been launched to help the father-of-three.
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The family of a young father who was among the victims in the recent Uptown mass shooting says he has been left paralyzed from the neck down.

Thomas Davies, 23, was one of 11 people injured in the June 21 shooting in the busy Minneapolis neighborhood, with the shooter(s) still not apprehended by police.

His family says that Davies, a father of three sons was standing in a line when the shots rang out, and suffered bullet wounds to his neck.

A GoFundMe launched for him says that the bullet wound resulted in a fractured vertebrae and caused spinal cord damage.

An update at the weekend said that doctors informed his family that "he will be paralyzed from the neck down."

"We are praying for a safe and successful surgery this week to stabilize his neck again," the GoFundMe reads.

"On behalf of me an my family we cannot thank you guys enough, because you guys could’ve actually been doing anything in the world at the moment.

"You all decided to take time out your precious day to give a prayer or loving word of encouragement. It just means so much to my mom & dad especially during times like these it can be really hard."

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Police initially reported the shooting in Uptown as a fatal one, though it later emerged that the fatal gunshot victim had actually been injured in downtown.

However, those who were in Uptown suffered injuries of a varying degree of severity, including a young woman who requires physical therapy after she was struck two times in the leg and once in the foot.

Davies is the father of 5-year-old TJ, 3-year-old Titus, and 1-year-old Aubrey.

You can find his GoFundMe here.

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