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Victim from Giffords' shooting drove himself to hospital

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By Kayna Whitworth - email

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - After Saturday's shooting the number of victims started growing.  The final number landing on nineteen.

Eric Fuller was the last shooting victim we learned about because he didn't come in with the rest of the people rushed to the hospital Saturday.    

Fuller, with a gunshot wound to the leg and back, somehow managed to drive himself to the hospital.

"I didn't think I was that badly hurt," Fuller said.

That was what Fuller thought at the time.

In reality, he had two bullet wounds and a traumatic experience he would never forget.

He left his tennis match early on Saturday morning.

As a disabled veteran, he is a long time supporter of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He said he just had a few questions to ask her at her congress on the corner event.

"I was deep in studying my notes, seated, when I started hearing explosions 10 feet away... I got hit, looked up and Gabriel Giffords wasn't there anymore," Fuller said.

The woman he helped get re-elected in 2008, the woman who personally gave in a plaque that hangs on his wall was now lying in her own blood now fighting for her life.

"I was in so much shock I didn't even look around," Fuller said.  "I Just walked out into the parking lot and said to someone, a shopper, I've been shot."

As Fuller made it to his car he noticed people calling 911.

With a bullet  in his right leg and one that grazed his back, he decided he could take care of himself.

So, bleeding and in shock he drove himself to Northwest Medical Center.

He was transferred to University Medical Center where he stayed up all night thinking about the day and the collateral damage left behind by one gunman.

"I stayed up all Saturday night and Sunday morning reciting the Decoration of Independence," Fuller said.

Fuller went to the meeting with certain questions, he left with new ones, like how could this happen?

He says he will not stop working to help Congresswoman Giffords, and the Democratic party.

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