Man caught in Brooklyn shooting could be permanently paralyzed

A Brooklyn man caught in the crossfire of a recent shooting could permanently be paralyzed.

News 12 Staff

Aug 28, 2020, 7:58 PM

Updated 1,365 days ago

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A Brooklyn man caught in the crossfire of a recent shooting could permanently be paralyzed. 
Sam Metcalfe, 33, was out shopping for essentials when he was struck by a stray bullet last Wednesday. 
He has been hospitalized for more than a week. 
Metcalfe’s brother-in-law, Joseph Parziale, says Sam and his wife were walking to the store near Ocean and Woodruff Avenues to buy toothpaste when the shots were fired. 
The bullets claimed the life of a teenager, according to police.
"My father called me, and he told me that Sam was shot, and it was just like I couldn't comprehend the words,” said Parziale. 
Metcalfe is an artist who also loves aerial dance, something family tells News 12 he may never get to do again. 
Parziale says Metcalfe hasn’t been able to feel or move his legs and that there is a possibility that he could be permanently paralyzed.
However, he says he’s staying positive about his new reality. In the past week, loved ones gave gathered to support Sam and even started a GoFundMe, which has raised more than $70,000. 
The family tells News 12 that money will help with the mounting medical bills as he begins his journey to recovery.


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