Soldier shot outside Cardinals game discusses his road to recovery

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - The veteran shot and paralyzed after leaving a Cardinals game five weeks ago is learning how to live his life.

Chris Sanna’s life changed forever five weeks ago when a gunman shot him as he and his girlfriend were walking to Sanna’s car near the Old Cathedral.

“I feel like that guy—that criminal—took my life and flipped it upside down,” Sanna said.

The hollow point bullet ricocheted throughout his body, striking his spinal cord, liver, and one of his lungs. Had it been a different type of bullet, it would have gone straight through his heart.

Sanna cannot say much about the attack because of the upcoming trial against the accused shooter, identified as Kilwa Jones. However, Sanna said he parked in a well-lit paid parking lot, where he thought he’d be safe.

Sanna and his girlfriend were in St. Louis to celebrate his mother’s 60th birthday by taking in a Cardinals game as a family.

While he lay bleeding on the pavement, Sanna said he called his mother.

“It was, ‘Mom, I love you, I’ve been shot.’”

Sanna said he’s making it his life’s mission to do something about crime in the City of St. Louis.

“This is the City of St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, not the Wild West – this is crazy,” he said. “I’m going to do what I have to. I don’t care if it's marching through the streets of St. Louis in my wheelchair to get something done.”

Sanna continues to work every day to build his upper body strength so he can return home. He hopes to go home in the next month. Meanwhile, the Gary Sinese Foundation is gutting Sanna’s home and retrofitting the residence for wheelchair accessibility. And Sanna’s employer, Midas, is preparing its building so he can have his old job back.

Sanna said he’s grateful, but still struggles to come to grips with it all.

“I can’t believe I left the game to go home early so I could get to work early and I still haven't made it home. It's horrible. I want to go home.”

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