Finally able to communicate with friends and family, the first thing Norman Richards II asked about from his hospital bed Thursday was whether the Oklahoma City Thunder won the night he was shot.
Well, Norman, they did.
The team will indeed advance to the NBA's Western Conference
The 22-year-old remains in critical condition at OU Medical Center, the only victim who is still hospitalized.
Richards had attended the basketball game and was a random victim to the violence, his family said in a statement released Thursday.
“We want to be clear that Norman had no involve
The letter was signed by Richards' parents, Norman Richards Sr. and Elonda Quinn-Powell, and his sister, Sophia Richards.
The Del City parents called Norman a loving son and devoted father to a young boy, Trey. They also thanked a couple bystanders who just might have saved Norman's life.
One of those bystanders, Brandon Hall, said he was glad to be able to help.
“At first obviously we didn't know what to do, people were scattering. But then we saw a guy unconscious, lying on the ground,” Hall said on Thursday.
Hall, a maintenance technician at Chesapeake Energy, trained previously as a paramedic. He and his father-in-law had just left the game and were headed to their car when they heard gunshots and
When he looked up, he saw Richards lying on his back in the middle of W Reno Avenue, about 50 feet away. Two police officers worked to control the crowd while Richards lay motionless, Hall said.
He ran to Norman's body instinctively. Another bystander, an unidentified woman, grabbed her husband, and the two men went to work.
“I instructed him to do chest compressions and we started CPR right away — he had no pulse and wasn't breathing,” Hall said.
The Tuttle resident said he turned Richards over and found a gunshot wound in his back. He said blood trickled from Richards' mouth as sirens in the distance moved closer.
It only took three or four minutes for the ambulance to arrive, he said. By then Richards uttered a few short breaths.
“If that was me I would have wanted someone to help me. It was just someone was in need,” he said. “Did I save a life? I don't know, I don't know. It's possible.”
The Richards family has declined media interviews but said in their statement that Norman is in bad shape but improving every day. They did not reveal any information as to the extent of his injuries or his scheduled treatment program.
“Recovery is going to be a long process, but we are certain he will get there,” they wrote.
They attributed the quick action of Hall and others with saving their son's life.
“This compassion is what makes OKC great,” they wrote.
Richards is a 2008 graduate of Del City High School, a 2009 graduate of Rose State College and is currently employed by Nike Factory Store in Oklahoma City.
Blood drive set
A blood drive benefit has been scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Quail Springs Mall, 2501 W Memorial, on the lower-level adjacent to Sears.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is also accepting blood donations on behalf of Richards at any of its donation sites, and a bank account has been set up in his name at Bank of Oklahoma.