Veteran paralyzed in robbery, wants customers to know he’s back at work

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MEHLVILLE, MO (KPLR) - FOX 2 caught up with a man whose life was turned upside down after a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium in September.

A single bullet left Chris Sanna, 45, paralyzed.

He opened up about the shooting, his recovery, and the long road ahead, in an interview with FOX 2’s Andy Banker.

Sanna wanted his regular customers at the Midas on Lemay-Ferry in South County to know that he was back at work and that he needed their business.

He’d lost a lot of regulars in his 6 month absence, he said.

He also wanted to show everyone who'd donated to his cause that those donations were paying off.

The entire driver’s side of the cab of his $45,000 modified Chevy Silverado opened up, then lowered him and his motorized wheelchair to the ground.  He’d pictured it much like this since the night of September 25th.

“In my mind I thought, ‘I’m going to go back to work’, it wasn’t fair…what happened,” he said.

A single bullet during a robbery as he walked to his vehicle with his girlfriend, ricocheted through his body and out, singeing his bicep, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

“There’s always in your mind thousands of ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’.  It’s unreal,” Sanna said about reliving the moments his life changed forever.  “That’s how you sleep at night.  It’s no longer counting sheep.  It’s ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda’, all night long.”

He rehabbed his body.  Midas rehabbed the shop, from installing automatic doors, to lowering clipboards hooks and counters.

Co-workers helped raise a big chunk of the money for that truck, which put Sanna behind the wheel again, chair and all.

“There are some things you don’t see behind the camera that I have to do just to live.  I’m doing them.  I just don’t want to die.  I really don’t.  I don’t want to give up,” Sanna said.

Sanna, a U.S. Army vet, has also benefited from federal funds and the Gary Sinise Foundation for rehabbing his home.

A GoFundMe account has brought in more than $122,000 so far.