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Bricktown shooting victim awake, improving every day, family says in statement

Norman Richards II was the most seriously injured of eight people shot following an Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game on Monday. He remains in critical condition at OU Medical Center.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Modified: May 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm •  Published: May 24, 2012

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.