Chris Redd says he is ‘ok and healing fast’ after New York City attack
The former NFL wide receiver was with his family in New York City and said he was in “complete shock” on Saturday night when he learned that a man armed with a handgun opened fire in a crowded underground station.
“It was terrifying,” the receiver said. “It’s something you don’t expect to hear.”
The 30-year-old said his family was in the subway at the time and he was with his wife and daughter when he got a text from the receiver. He began texting and realized that he had missed several messages.
“We were just in complete shock,” he said. “He had no idea who I was or where I lived. We didn’t know what happened with my son. It’s like, ‘What’s happening?'”
Redd, who was shot four times in a vestibule of the 22nd Street station, is in his 20s. He is currently recuperating in hospital after being treated at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.
Police have not explained what led up to the shooting Saturday night, but say they believe the suspect was an off-duty NYPD officer working security.
The shooting is the fourth fatal attack in the city in less than 24 hours. Two days ago, two people were shot in Brooklyn, and two others were killed in Staten Island this week.
Redd, whose uncle was a New York Mets catcher, said he has been “sitting and watching” on his phone as news of the shootings in NYC has been released. He said he would watch the video to see if it was him and “be really scared if it wasn’t him.”
He said his initial thoughts were for his family, not himself.
“I was just watching TV,” he said. “I was just sitting there waiting to see if my dad-in-law got shot.
“My first thoughts go to my daughter and my wife. I just have to stay focused on her and not think about me.”
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