Exclusive: Young Ave. shooting victim speaks out

Shooting victim speaks out
Published: Oct. 16, 2014 at 1:12 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus man says he was just trying to save his friend's life when he was shot in the chest,and he recalled the incident from the hospital.

Brandon Langlands, 19, also talked out how his alleged shooter, 69-year-old Charles Walls, interacted with him and his friend on Oct. 9.

"He got out of jail before I got out of ICU," Langlands said. "He yelled at us out of nowhere, we hadn't talked to the dude, he had nothing to do with anything."

Langlands said one of his friends was in an altercation which turned out to be nothing. Moments later, he says Walls got involved.

"He came out to the street and pulled a pistol and pointed at my friend TJ and I saw his eyes and I could just tell something was going to happen," Langlands said. "And I jumped in front of my friend TJ and looked at the dude and told him to put the gun down and about that time he just pulled the trigger."

"I saw his finger move, I saw a light from the barrel and I just felt a warm rush," Langlands added. "It didn't hurt at first, I just felt a warm rush and I grabbed my chest and I was looking at him in the eyes and i was just thinking to myself why?"

Langlands also pointed out where the bullet pierced his skin.

"It was two millimeters from the main vein, it clipped one of my kidneys and the bullet is actually still in my back," Langlands said.

Earlier this week, Langlands said his mother felt intimidated by Walls so she called police.

"The detectives had the audacity and the nerve to say that he was 68 years old and don't even drive, he won't hurt anyone," Langlands said. "He shot me in the chest for no one reason at all, and it's not like he did it on accident he has military training, he has military experience."

In court, Walls pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and weapon charges.


Langlands is on blood thinners now because of blood clotting due to the gunshot wound. He said the doctors will lance the bullet out of his back once he recovers.

"I don't know, the doctor says with this bullet wound I shouldn't have lived but I did, and they don't know how," he said.

Langlands said he got out of surgery Tuesday, and he is recovering at the Midtown Medical Center.

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