Cardinals fan wounded in shooting gets home retrofitted for wheelchair

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HOUSE SPRINGS, MO (KPLR) - A new chapter in the life of the St. Louis Cardinals fan and Army veteran who was shot and paralyzed following a baseball game.

Chris Sanna and his girlfriend were in St. Louis last September to celebrate his mother’s 60th birthday by taking in a Cardinals game as a family. After the game, the couple was walking back to their car near the Old Cathedral when they were mugged and Sanna was shot. The bullet ricocheted through Sanna’s body, hitting his spinal cord, liver, and one of his lungs. He was left paralyzed from the waist down.

A suspect, Kilwa Jones, was eventually arrested and charged in connection with the shooting. He’s awaiting trial.

Sanna received a standing ovation at a welcome home party. It was his first time home in almost four months. His home has been completely redone.

“You made it better a lot better,” he said. “Thank you. Thank you.”

While he was going through rehab at the V.A. hospital, some 60 volunteers, under the direction of the Gary Sinese Foundation, spent thousands of hours making Sanna’s home wheelchair ready.

“It was nice to help a veteran in his time of need pull through and help him out with everything going on,” said volunteer Meghan Auxier.

This could have never happened without some big name companies that support the foundation and the many skilled laborers who did their jobs for free. Halls were widened for the wheelchair and his bathroom has a roll-in shower. New furniture decorates the entire house. Appliances in the kitchen are all within reach, and there’s a lift so Sanna can easily get to the basement.

“Everything made so he’s a little independent on a daily basis,” said Chris Kuban, a spokesman for the Gary Sinese Foundation.

Sanna hopes to return to work soon. He said it's surreal that so many people came to his aid following a life-altering event.

“They’ve given me the opportunity to live life like my legs did work,” Sanna said.

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